, the Washington Wizards
' star, blasted a fan who threw popcorn
on him after he left the court with an injured ankle on Wednesday. (Watch
the video below.)
“This shit is getting out of hand, especially for me,” he said to ESPN after his team was defeated by the 76ers in an NBA
playoff game at the Wells Fargo
Center in Philadelphia
. “The amount of disrespect, the amount of fans just doing whatever the fuck they want to do, it’s just out of pocket.”
When the popcorn rained down on Westbrook as he exited through a tunnel, he had to be restrained from pursuing the ejected fan.
Russell Westbrook was leaving the court with an injury
when a fan threw popcorn at him: @BleacherReport pic.twitter.com/ky5ILXKHFM — USA TODAY NBA (@usatodaynba) May 27, 2021
Valerie Camillo, Wells Fargo Center's president of business
operations, issued a statement condemning the "classless, unacceptable behavior."
, the Lakers' superstar, tweeted that he wanted the fan to be exposed, with the hashtag #ProtectOurPlayers.
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
Westbrook stated that he would seek treatment for his ankle before the 76ers game on Saturday, but the effect of the spectator's callousness may last longer.
“There are certain things that cross the line, and in any other setting, I know for a fact that a guy wouldn’t come up to me on the street and pour popcorn on my head, because you know what would happen,” he told USA Today.
In another incident, Trae Young of the Atlanta
Hawks retweeted a video of someone allegedly spitting on him during the Hawks' loss to the host New York
Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.
@50cent y'all good? https://t.co/p8jSbwyozT
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) May 27, 2021