The return of the fans to the pavilions of the NBA it is giving more of a headache to the teams and to the NBA itself. The first notable incident was that of the Philadelphia 76ers fan who threw a bowl of popcorn at Russell Westbrook as he walked injured to the locker room. However, in the Madison Square Garden He went further and a New York Knicks fan has been banned for life after spitting on Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young.
“The return of more NBA fans to our pavilions has brought a lot of excitement and energy to the start of the playoffs, but it is essential that we all show respect to the players, the officials and the fans themselves.”, explains the League itself in a statement. “We will vigorously apply a code of conduct for fans in order to guarantee a safe and respectful environment for all those involved [en los Playoffs]”.
During the second game of the Playoff series between the New York Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks, a spectator sitting in the front rows of Madison Square Garden spat at Trae Young when he was about to get out of the band. The image was captured by television cameras and the fan was recognized, proceeding to his lifetime veto to attend sporting events on the New York court.
“We apologize to Trae and the entire Atlanta Hawks organization for the behavior of this fan. It was completely unacceptable and we will not tolerate it in our pavilion. We have sent all the information to the relevant authorities “, the Knicks explained in an official statement.
Both the person who threw popcorn at Westbrook and the person who spat at Young will not be able to re-enter those stadiums. Something that also applies to three Utah Jazz fans who were expelled from the pavilion in the second meeting of the series between that team and the Memphis Grizzlies. The motive was a series of sexually explicit comments directed at the wife of Ja Morant, the rival point guard. The Jazz also apologized and informed the fans of the punishment in a statement.