By Ponciano Melo – In an intense game, talking trash is normal. It’s given that the emotions will be high, but it will always be a fine line of the limit on the interaction between the audience and the player, especially in the NBA.
A more exact scenario, especially in the NBA playoffs. Basketball is on a whole new level comes to the playoffs, expecting players to go all out every day to keep their championship dream alive.
However, last year’s playoffs were different, with no fans in attendance due to the coronavirus. A year later, the NBA, with all of its effort, was able to bring fans to the arena.
Everything is slowly getting back to normal, and they love it except for one thing, the disrespectful fans.
Over the years, cases of fans cursing, bad-mouthing and even throwing things at players have risen and it is very alarming for the league, especially for the players’ safety.
Russell Westbrook was the latest victim of it. In video footage of his exit due to an injury, a fan upstairs poured popcorn on his head. Westbrook was outraged by the action and was held back by the officials from chasing the one who did it.
Westbrook was upset about it and LeBron James backed him up.
Several players and personalities also reacted to the incident which was labeled rude and disrespectful. No matter how much you hate a player, you’re just a fan. No one has the right to disrespect them because they play to bring entertainment to the people in attendance.