Charles Barkley has a solution to cut down on unruly fans like we saw on Wednesday night during the playoffs.
In the fourth quarter of Game 2 between the Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards, a fan in attendance at Wells Fargo Center purposely dropped popcorn on Russell Westbrook, who had to be held back from going up and attacking him. If it was up to Barkley, he would’ve allowed it.
During last night’s edition of Inside the NBA on TNT, Charles Barkley somewhat joked about a rule proposal that would put an end to basketball fans behaving in this manner.
“Y’all guys always get mad when I say what NBA rule I would change,” Barkley said. “I think you should be able to go up in the stands and beat the hell out of one person per game.”
Ernie Johnson sarcastically responded “I can’t see why that didn’t take hold,” which then led to Barkley saying “You don’t think that guy didn’t deserve to get his a** beat right at center court.”
“To be completely honest, this s* is getting out of hand, especially for me,” Westbrook said in his postgame press conference. “The amount of disrespect, the amount of fans just doing whatever the f* they want to do — it’s just out of pocket,” Westbrook said. “There are certain things that cross the line. Any other setting … a guy were to come up on the street and pour popcorn on my head, you know what happens.”
After the Westbrook incident, footage would surface of a New York Knicks fan spitting on Trae Young.
Both fans have since been banned.
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