January 21, 2010
Boston Celtics forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis is facing a possible fine or suspension after he shouted an obscenity at a heckling fan during Wednesday night's loss to the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
According to published reports, a loudmouthed Pistons fan named Scott Zack — who was earlier warned by arena security to turn the hecklin' down a notch — kept referring to Davis as "fat boy" and "chubs." (Personally, I would've gone with the more traditional "Da-vis" chant.)
During a break in play, Davis turned to Zack, who was seated a few rows behind the Celtics' bench, and yelled at him, "Suck my ... " — well, you know what he said.
Is players shouting at fans anything new? No. In fact, one friend nearly came to blows with then-Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Rafael Palmeiro after an epic obscenity-laced verbal altercation during a '90s Blue Jays game. It happens.
Unfortunately for "Big Baby," his "d-grenade" was made in close range of microphones from the Celtics' TV and radio broadcasts, and could reportedly be easily heard by viewers and listeners. That, and moments after the incident, Zack reportedly filed a complaint with NBA security.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers was not impressed:
"We've been taught you have to take it and you have to keep playing," Rivers told Boston sports radio station WEEI on Thursday morning. "I don't think it's a huge step backward [in Davis' maturity], but it is a step backward, and Glen Davis(notes) has to grow up."
It's easy to see where Rivers and other C's fans are coming from; Davis really shouldn't have stooped to the heckler's level. He should act like professional, there are kids out in the crowd, yada yada yada.
But I also find myself nodding along with Kyle Koster's take on the incident: "We've all [sat] next to the guy at the game whose trite insults get old after about the fourth time they open their mouth." Sometimes, just sometimes, "you kind of wish the massive athletes [they're] challenging challenge them back.
"If you can't take it, don't dish it out all game."