NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Friday he was at home to watch game two between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Washington Wizards when he witnessed the popcorn incident.
Russell Westbrook poured popcorn over his head as he made his way back into the locker room. and must be prohibited by trainers and security personnel from entering the stands
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Silver said in an interview with NBC Sports Washington that having a policy “No patience” when it comes to these cases will help stave off the bad deeds of some fans.
“Acting like this, no one can escape. you will be caught You will be banned from the arena. In some cases, criminal prosecution may be carried out depending on whether the action has escalated to that level or not. an attack or something the police will take note of,” he said.
A fan at Wells Fargo Center has been indefinitely suspended from attending any events there and his season ticket membership with the 76ers has been revoked.
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Silver also discussed how fans were able to glide the popcorn down Westbrook – through an opening in the tarp that was supposed to cover players as they walked into the locker room. Silver said “We Can Tighten Up” on Tarpaulins
He also mentioned the importance of protecting players. Which is what the players themselves expressed in Wednesday’s fallout.
“It’s extremely important. Because while of course we are excited that the fans back in our ring have left their homes to share this experience with others. We have to show that there is no tolerance for such things. I know it’s a small percentage of the fans but they can still ruin the atmosphere for everyone there,” he told the station.
“Of course it is our job to protect the players, coaches and officials. We want to make sure everyone knows it’s impatient. If you engage in that behavior You will be especially caught because even if it is At first no one knew Now there are many cameras in all of our areas. Now no one can escape from such behavior.”
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