On Wednesday, the New York Knicks
announced that they had suspended a fan indefinitely for spitting on Atlanta Hawks
guard Trae Young
during an NBA
The team said in a statement tweeted Thursday that it had identified the fan in question after conducting an investigation
, and that person is now barred from entering the team's home stadium in New York City
, Madison Square Garden.
“We apologize to Trae and the entire Atlanta Hawks organization for this fan’s behavior,” the statement said, adding that “this was completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our venue; we have turned the information over to the appropriate authorities.”
pic.twitter.com/wp86ur5J1s — NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks)
Young retweeted a widely circulated video of someone spitting on him while he stood near the sideline hours after the game on Wednesday night.
On Wednesday night, at least two other incidents involving offensive fans
occurred at NBA games.
76ers fan at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo
Center dumped popcorn
on Washington Wizards
star Russell Westbrook
as he was leaving the game with an ankle injury
“This shit is getting out of hand, especially for me,” he said after the game, “the amount of disrespect, the amount of fans just doing whatever the fuck they want to do is just out of pocket.”
On Wednesday night, Los Angeles Lakers
star LeBron James
addressed the incident, tweeting that he and his teammates wanted the fan who threw the popcorn to be identified.
By the way, WE THE PLAYERS WANT TO KNOW WHO THROWN THAT POPCORN ON RUSS WHILE HE WAS LEAVING THE GAME TODAY WITH AN INJURY!! There are cameras all over arenas, so there’s no excuse! Cause if the was on the other. #ProtectOurPlayers — LeBron James (@KingJames) May 27, 2021
On Thursday, the 76ers issued a statement stating that the person who threw popcorn at the Wizards guard is now barred from all future events at the stadium indefinitely.
Jazz announced on Thursday that they had banned three of their fans indefinitely after the father of Memphis
Grizzlies guard Ja Morant told ESPN that they had made vulgar and racist
remarks to him while he was watching the game at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City.
On Thursday, Morant tweeted, "My family should be able to cheer for me [and] my teammates without getting inappropriate shit said to them."
The NBA issued a statement on Thursday in response to the wave of fan-related incidents, reminding fans of the league's code of conduct now that stadiums across the country have increased capacity after hosting fans virtually throughout the pandemic
“The return of more NBA fans to our arenas has added great excitement and energy
to the start of the playoffs,” the NBA said. “However, it is critical that we all show respect for players, officials, and our fellow fans.”