8:15 AM PT — The 76ers say they’ve recognized the popcorn-throwing fan and have pulled his season ticket membership AND hit him with an indefinite ban “from all occasions” on the enviornment.
“We apologize to Russell Westbrook and the Washington Wizards for being subjected to any such unacceptable and disrespectful habits,” the Sixers mentioned in a press release Thursday.
“There is no such thing as a place for it in our sport or enviornment.”
Russell Westbrook was LIVID after a fan dumped popcorn on his head Wednesday — calling the particular person’s actions straight-up “bulls***” — and even LeBron James is pissed over all of it now too.
Westbrook was on his technique to the locker room after injuring his ankle throughout the Wizards’ playoff loss to the 76ers in Philly … when a fan poured their bucket everywhere in the NBA star.
You’ll be able to see in footage of the incident … Westbrook couldn’t have been extra heated because the kernels bounced off his head — with the D.C. level guard attempting HARD to get to the stands to confront the fan.
Russ, although, was ultimately calmed down and ushered into the locker room … however after the sport, he mentioned the fan completely crossed the road.
“To be blatantly trustworthy, man, this s**t is getting out of hand, particularly for me,” Westbrook informed reporters. “The quantity of disrespect, the quantity of followers simply doing regardless of the f**okay they wish to do, it is simply out of pocket, man. It is out of pocket, critically.”
Russ went on to say if the incident had occurred in “every other setting,” he insinuated he would’ve fought the particular person.
“A man would not come up on the road and pour popcorn on my head as a result of he is aware of what would occur,” Russ mentioned.
Westbrook then pled with the NBA to “begin defending the gamers” … including, “We’ll see what the NBA does.”
LeBron James rushed in to defend his pal on Twitter shortly after … saying he wished the fan ID’ed and punished ASAP.
“WE AS THE PLAYERS wanna see who threw that popcorn on Russ whereas he was leaving the sport tonight with a damage!!” LeBron wrote. “There’s cameras throughout arenas so there’s no excuse! Trigger if the [shoe] was on the opposite [foot]. #ProtectOurPlayers”
Thus far, no punishment from the NBA has been introduced but … although high-ranking Wells Fargo Heart exec Valerie Camillo did name the incident “classless” and “unacceptable” after the sport.
It is unclear, in the meantime, if Russ’ ankle damage will hold him out of Sport 3 … the collection is ready to return to Washington on Saturday with the Sixers up 2-0.
Initially printed — 6:18 AM PT