The star base of the Washington Wizards, Russell Westbrook, had to be detained this Wednesday by the security personnel of the Wells Fargo Center, in Philadelphia, when a spectator threw popcorn at his head as he left the field injured.
To Westbrook, even though he went out limping visibly Because of the sprained right ankle that he had suffered at the beginning of the fourth period, he forgot the pain and became a force difficult to control.
With 10:28 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Wizards trailing the Sixers by 17 points in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference playoff first-round tie, Westbrook stepped on the foot of the Sixers’ Turkish forward Furkan Korkmaz, Y sprained ankle.
When he left the field to go to the locker room and receive medical treatment, a fan threw popcorn at Westbrook as he was about to enter the field tunnel, enraging the player, who had to be restrained by several team officials and security personnel. Later the same staff looked for the viewer who was sitting by the tunnel, a young man, and was escorted by security shortly after the incident.
🗣️ “This shit is getting out of control, especially for me. The amount of disrespect, the amount of people who just do what they want to. It’s just out of their pocket, man.”
—Russ after a fan threw popcorn … pic.twitter.com/p8ZUPXA2U4
– NBA Third Team (@NBATercerEquipo) May 27, 2021
Before the incident occurred, Westbrook briefly left the court to work on a different right leg injury after fell while defending Australian guard Ben Simmons on a post play late in the third quarter.
Westbrook struggled overnight with his basket shots at write down only 2 out of 10 and ended up with a double-double of 10 points, 11 assists and six rebounds. The Wizards ultimately lost 120-95 and are now down 0-2 in the best-of-seven tie, while Game 3 will be played next Saturday in Washington.