Knicks ban fan who spit on Trae Young during Game 2 of playoffs against Hawks

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Trae Young draws foul against Knicks Game 1 playoffs 2021
Trae Young draws foul against Knicks Game 1 playoffs 2021

The Knicks have banned the fan who spit on Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Said the Knicks in a statement:

"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 incident occurred late in the game when Young was about to make an inbounds pass near the sideline.

In addition to the situation at The Garden on, a fan in Philadelphia dumped popcorn on Washington Wizards star Russell Westbrook on Wednesday as he was exiting the court after suffering an injury against the 76ers.

In the wake of the two incidents, the NBA released a statement:

"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. An enhanced fan code of conduct will be vigorously enforced in order to ensure a safe and respectful environment for all involved."