Rowdy NBA fans are officially back.
The 2019-2020 NBA season was put on hold at the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic and didn’t resume until months later in a bubble created on the Disney World campus. Players were cooped up in their rooms most of the time, but the worst for many –aside from being away from family– was the lack of fans in the stands, which left no room for crowd energy and home-court advantage.
But now, as more Americans are vaccinated, restrictions are loosening, and fans are being allowed back in arenas– including the world-famous Madison Square Garden. While heckling is allowed, things got downright gross at the second playoff game between the New York Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks when a fan spit on Trae Young. With a little over 8 minutes left in the fourth quarter, you can see something launched behind Young’s back.
Knicks brass immediately got on the case, and less than 24 hours later, they’ve identified the culprit and took proper actions.
“We investigated the matter and determined that this patron, who is not a season ticket holder, did indeed spit on Trae Young, and for that reason, he is now banned from The Garden indefinitely. We apologize to Trae and the entire Atlanta Hawks organization for this fan’s behavior. This was completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our venue. We have turned the information over to the appropriate authorities,” the team said in a statement.
Young declined to press charges but did release a statement through his agent Omar Wilkes, saying that the team’s focus remains on Game 3 on Friday.
Twitter loves a good heckler, but the spitting was just too much. Check out some reactions below.
Twitter Reacts To Knicks Fan Spitting on Trae Young At Madison Square Garden
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Unc Shannon sharpe on Knicks fan who spit on trae young & 50 cent wife— Shannon Sharpe Burner Account (@shannonsharpeee) May 27, 2021
Shannon :”idk if that was her husband or boyfriend but I would’ve slapped him in his mouth
Chris:”That’s 50 cent”
Shannon: “I might’ve been 35 cent because I would’ve slapped the change out his mouth” 🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/SGETIpG6VM
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Knicks fan attempted to spit on Trae Young— Corey B (@CoreyB08) May 27, 2021
Philadelphia fan threw popcorn on Russell Westbrook
All of this 1 day after Kyrie and KD tried to say Boston is shitty and racist (paraphrasing)
It’s amazing how every fan base has shitty fans but only select few fans bases get shit
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50 cent when he finds the guy who spit on y'all pic.twitter.com/NlekQznHwR— Drake☦️ (@drakepowell99) May 27, 2021
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50 Cent should have slapped the fire 🔥 outta the fool who spit on Trae Young over his girlfriend 🤨🤜🏾🤜🏾🤜🏾 pic.twitter.com/izlNEisFLB— Civilized Savage aka Elon Musky 📭 (@WillieBangg) May 27, 2021
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Trae Young literally got spit on last night but all I’m hearing about today is popcorn being thrown pic.twitter.com/XPU5tLg4kL— Colin Lake (@ColinLake) May 27, 2021
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it was elfrid payton who spit on trae young, ban him from the garden— maximilian (@MaxDeitch) May 27, 2021
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Like the fan that spit on Trae Young?— Scholarly Mama (@scholarlymama) May 27, 2021
Do tell. pic.twitter.com/7lEg4eTDFN
NY Knicks Fan Identified & Banned From MSG “Indefinitely” For Spitting On Trae Young was originally published on cassiuslife.com