The Sixers fan who dumped popcorn on Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook as he walked back to the locker room to get treatment on an ankle injury will no longer be able to see the team play in person ever again.
The Sixers announced Thursday that they had identified the person responsible for the incident and revoked his season ticket membership. The unidentified fan was also banned indefinitely from any event being held at the Wells Fargo Center.
“We apologize to Russell Westbrook and the Washington Wizards for being subjected to this type of unacceptable and disrespectful behavior,” the team said in a statement. “There is no place for it in our sport or arena.”
During the fourth quarter, Westbrook injured his ankle after making contact with Sixers guard Furkan Korkmaz. A frustrated Westbrook slapped his hand on the hardwood floor while the Wizards’ medical staff began to tend to his injury.
When Westbrook was being helped off the floor, most of the Sixers fans in the Wells Fargo Center applauded the fact that Westbrook was up. However, as Westbrook began walking under the tunnel to go to the locker room, an unidentified Sixers fan poured popcorn through a crevice and onto Westbrook’s head. Westbrook was visibly upset about what had happened and had to be restrained.
After the Wells Fargo incident and a Knicks fan allegedly spitting on Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young at Madison Square Garden, the NBA is taking action to try to curb these incidents from happening.
“The return of more NBA fans to our arenas has brought great excitement and energy to the start of the playoffs, but it is critical that we all show respect for players, officials and our fellow fans,” the league said in a statement. “An enhanced fan code of conduct will be vigorously enforced in order to ensure a safe and respectful environment for all involved.”
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