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76ers ban season-ticket holder for Westbrook popcorn incident originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Philadelphia has revoked the season-ticket membership of the fan who threw popcorn at Russell Westbrook as he exited early from Game 2. The fan is also banned indefinitely from all Wells Fargo Center events.
"After an investigation that occurred at last night's game, we have determined that the person involved will have his season ticket membership revoked, effective immediately," the 76ers statement reads. "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."
The incident occurred in the fourth quarter with the game already out of reach for Washington. Westbrook twisted his ankle and as he hobbled off through the tunnel saw popcorn raining down at him from a home fan.
The news comes after a loud outcry on social media and from Westbrook's NBA peers after the incident. Most notably was LeBron James, who tweeted the players want to see the culprit who threw the popcorn. Westbrook called for the arenas to protect the players when he spoke to media following Wednesday's loss, and it appears that the Wells Fargo Center and Sixers organization have teamed up to do just that.
"To be completely honest, man, this s--- is getting out of hand, especially for me. The amount of disrespect, the amount of fans just doing whatever the f--- they want to do, it’s [wrong]," Westbrook said postgame. "Any other setting, I know for a fact they wouldn’t come up, a guy wouldn’t come up on the street and pour popcorn on my head because they know what would happen. A guy wouldn’t come up to me talking about my family and my kids on the street because the response would be different."