Russell Westbrook was not happy on Wednesday night, Roomies, after a fan dumped popcorn on his head as he was being helped out of a game in Philadelphia, and he is now calling for the NBA to institute some form of consequences for fans who take things a little too far.
Russ was being escorted out of the game after suffering an ankle injury when a fan poured a bucket of popcorn on his head, and he tried to fight through NBA personnel to make his way to the stands. As a player who is often heckled by fans, Westbrook said the behavior is “bulls**t” at this point, and made it clear that fans need to be held responsible.
“To be blatantly honest man, this sh*t is getting out of hand, especially for me,” he told reporters. “The amount of disrespect, the amount of fans just doing whatever the f*ck they want to do, it’s just out of pocket, man. It’s out of pocket, seriously.”
He went on to say that things would have went differently if he was in a different setting, and called on the NBA to do something about the heckling.
“There’s certain things that cross the line,” he continued. “And in any other setting, I know for a fact that fans wouldn’t come up, and a guy wouldn’t come on the street and pour popcorn on my head because he knows what would happen. A guy wouldn’t come up to me and talk mess about my kids and my family on the street because the response would be different.”
“We gotta start protecting the players man,” Russell Westbrook said. “We’ll see what the NBA does but there’s huge consequences for us as players especially for me. I’ve been in a lot of incidents where fans say whatever and the consequences for me are a lot. But the people in the stands feel like they’re untouchable and can say whatever they want.”
LeBron James also spoke out in Russell’s defense, calling for more proaction from NBA players against fans.
“By the way WE AS THE PLAYERS wanna see who threw that popcorn on Russ while he was leaving the game tonight with a injury!!,” he tweeted. “There’s cameras all over arenas so theres no excuse! Cause if the shoe was on the other foot. #ProtectOurPlayers”
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