By Johnny Askounis/ email@example.com
Russell Westbrook while exiting Game 2 of the best-of-seven series between the Washington Wizards and the Philadelphia 76ers due to injury had popcorn showered on him. A fan of the Sixers dropped the popcorn on his head as he entered the tunnel towards the locker room.
Westbrook, 32, clearly lost it and attempted to confront the fan. He had to be restrained. He discussed the incident later requesting the NBA to protect its players.
“To be completely honest, this s— is getting out of hand, especially for me. The amount of disrespect, the amount of fans just doing whatever the f— they want to do — it’s just out of pocket,” he mentioned recalling similar situations in the past, “There are certain things that cross the line. Any other setting … a guy were to come up on the street and pour popcorn on my head, you know what happens. In these arenas, you got to start protecting the players. We’ll see what the NBA does.”
The fan was spotted on video and ejected.
“For me, there are a lot of incidents where fans, they say whatever, and the consequences for me are a lot more instrumental than to the fans in the stands because they feel they are untouchable,” he added, “To get food thrown on top of me, it’s just bulls—.”
He did not return after the right ankle injury and can be considered questionable for Game 3 of the 2021 NBA Playoffs First Round series. The Wizards are down 2-0.
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