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An NBA fan has been ejected from the Washington Wizards' game against the Philadelphia 76ers after pouring popcorn on Russell Westbrook.
Westbrook was being escorted from the court by medical staff after sustaining a nasty ankle injury midway through the Playoff clash.
But just as the Wizards guard made his way down the Wells Fargo Center tunnel, a spectator dumped a load of popcorn on his head.
And it wasn't just one or two pieces either, it looked like the entire box was poured out.
Russell Westbrook appeared to have popcorn poured on his head by a fan on his way to the locker room with an apparent injury.- SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 27, 2021
The fan was ejected from the game. pic.twitter.com/WgtvKMFYHH
Clearly absolutely fuming, as anyone else would, Westbrook went back to try and confront the person who threw the popcorn.
Security and the the Wizards medical staff were on hand to restrain Westbrook before something far more serious broke out within the crowd.
As for the person responsible, arena security frantically searched for their whereabouts and ended up escorting one bloke from the premises.
The guy was wearing a red Sixers hat.
you know, there are nba players who have actually harmed people and have done very fucked up things and are still beloved, but fans treat westbrook like the he's worst person in the world because of the way he plays and because he doesn't need anyone's approval https://t.co/YDrsvUTOri- haley o'shaughnessy (@HaleyOSomething) May 27, 2021
Speaking after the incident, Westbrook said: "I wouldn't come up to me on the street and throw popcorn on my head, because you know what happens... In these arenas, you gotta start protecting the players. We'll see what the NBA does."
As for the game itself, Philadelphia extended their lead in the series to two wins with the score ending 120-95 against Washington.
Westbrook's fresh injury casts major doubt over whether the Wizards can advance past the top-seeded Sixers.
And with the likes of Philly duo Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons dropping 52 and 28 points respectively over the two games, a come-from-behind victory to clinch the series probably seems further away than ever for Washington.
Sure, part of me wishes Russell Westbrook could've been allowed to go after the fan who dumped popcorn on him and send a message to all fans: THIS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. But obviously the law and league won't allow that. So at least the fan was removed and hopefully be banned.- Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) May 27, 2021
Whoever dumped something on Westbrook should never be allowed at a game again.- Spike Eskin (@SpikeEskin) May 27, 2021
Russell Westbrook on the fan throwing popcorn: "I wouldn't come up to me on the street and throw popcorn on my head, because you know what happens...In these arenas, you gotta start protecting the players. We'll see what the NBA does."- Fred Katz (@FredKatz) May 27, 2021
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