Russell Westbrook says ‘s— is getting out of hand’ after 76ers fan dumped popcorn on him

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  • A 76ers fan dumped popcorn on Wizards star Russell Westbrook as he walked back to the locker room.
  • Westbrook was furious, had to be held back by Wizards staff after the incident.
  • After the game, Westbrook called for the NBA to do more to protect its players from unruly fans.
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Russell Westbrook called on the NBA to take a more proactive role in protecting its players after a Philadelphia 76ers fan dumped popcorn on him as he left the court.

Westbrook rolled his ankle in the fourth quarter of the Wizards first round playoff matchup against the 76ers on Wednesday night.

As he walked back to the locker room for treatment, a 76ers fan dumped popcorn from the stands onto his head.

Westbrook was understandably furious, and had to be held back by members of the Wizards staff before eventually making it to the locker room.

The fan was immediately ejected from the arena, and was banned indefinitely from the Wells Fargo Center.

After the game, Westbrook called out the NBA for not doing enough to protect its players from such fan interactions.

“To be completely honest, 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 just out of pocket,” Westbrook said. “There are certain things that cross the line. Any other setting … a guy were to come up on the street and pour popcorn on my head, you know what happens.

“In these arenas, you got to start protecting the players. We’ll see what the NBA does.”

-SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 27, 2021

Westbrook was not alone in his call for action. Lakers superstar LeBron James tweeted in support of Westbrook, including the hashtag “ProtectOurPlayers.”

-LeBron James (@KingJames) May 27, 2021

Game 3 between the Wizards and 76ers will tip off on Saturday in Washington.