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Philadelphia 76ers Fan is Banned from Wells Fargo Center After Dumping Popcorn on Russell Westbrook
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 05/27/21 8:30 pm | updated: 05/27/21 8:30 pm
The 76ers fan who dumped popcorn on Washington Wizards star Russell Westbrook during last night's playoff game at the Wells Fargo Center has had his season tickets revoked and is indefinitely banned from all events at the WFC. It happened in the 4th quarter as Westbrook was walking back through the tunnel after injuring his ankle. The fan reached over and dumped a box of popcorn on Westbrook's head. Westbrook became visibly upset and had to be restrained by multiple people in the tunnel. Security located the fan in the stands and removed him from the stadium.

"After an investigation into the incident that occurred at last night's game, we have determined that the person involved will have his season ticket membership revoked, effectively immediately," the Sixers said in a statement. "In addition, he will be banned from all events at Wells Fargo Center indefinitely. We apologize to Russell Westbrook and the Washington Wizards for being subjected to this type of unacceptable and disrespectful behavior. There is no place for it in our sport or arena."

“I was leaving and felt popcorn dropped on my head. To be blatantly honest man, this s— is out of hand," Westbrook said after the game. "The amount of disrespect. The amount of fans just doing whatever they want to do. It's out of pocket. Seriously, any other setting, I'm all for the fans enjoying the game, having fun it's part of sports I get it. But there are certain things that cross the line. And any other setting I know for a fact, I know that fans wouldn't come up, a guy on the street wouldn't come up and dump popcorn on my head because he know what would happen. Guy wouldn't come up to me on the street and start talking mess about my kids because the response would be different. In these arenas you have to start protecting players man. We'll see what the NBA does."

"The return of more NBA fans to our arenas has brought great excitement and energy to the start of the playoffs, but it is critical that we all show respect for players, officials, and our fellow fans," the NBA said in a statement. "An enhanced fan code of conduct will be vigorously enforced in order to ensure a safe and respectful environment for all involved."

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