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A fan at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia tossed popcorn on the head of the Washington Wizards star Russell Westbrook Wednesday night as he headed back to the locker room to injure himself during the second game of the team’s matchup against the 76ers.
Westbrook struggled with an ankle injury early in the game when he was guarding Ben Simmons and banging on the deck for a few moments. Later, in the fourth quarter, Westbrook would collide with Furkan Korkmaz. He hobbled off the floor and went back to the locker room.
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When he returned, a fan threw popcorn on his head. Westbrook had to be held back by security guards and trainers. The NBA’s triple-double king was furious.
“I wouldn’t come to me on the street and throw popcorn on my head because you know what’s going on. … In these arenas you have to start protecting the players. We’ll see what the NBA does,” said he said after the game.
NBA players and fans responded to the incident on social media.
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Valerie Camillo, the president of the Wells Fargo Center, called the fan “classless”.
“That was classless, unacceptable behavior, and we won’t tolerate it at the Wells Fargo Center. We pride ourselves on having the most passionate fans in the country and the best home and home ice rink, but this guy.” There is no place for behavior in our arena, “said Camillo.
It’s not the first time Westbrook has had to deal with unruly fan behavior.
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A fan was removed from the game for making an obscene gesture towards Westbrook. During a game in Utah, Westbrook was also the subject of fan vitriol in the playoffs.