The NBA recently broke its silence regarding the two fans of the Indiana Pacers who got ejected from the game against the Los Angeles Lakers for inappropriate behavior. Well, it looks like the NBA will have to issue another statement after what happened in the contest between the Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies.
A Grizzlies fan got booted out of the game on Sunday night after allegedly making below-the-belt comments toward Kings center Tristan Thompson. Kings coach Alvin Gentry urged the referees to throw out the unruly fan, similar to what Lakers star LeBron James did to the two Pacers supporters.
While Gentry acknowledged that NBA fans can jeer opposing players, he reminded that there are certain lines that shouldn’t be crossed, also echoing LeBron’s recent remarks (via ESPN).
“I think you pay for a ticket, you’ve got a right to boo guys. You’ve got a right to cheer for your team. But inappropriate things should never be what anyone should say or have an opportunity to say in an NBA game without being removed.”
Gentry didn’t go into specifics about the things said to Thompson, but according to reports, they had something to do with his relationship with celebrity Kourtney Kardashian and their family (via Sacramento Bee).
“It’s not anything I’m going to tolerate people saying to my player, I know that, not without intervening and asking that (the fan) be removed. They can say anything they want to me or they can boo and do everything they want with the players, but there’s no room for saying inappropriate things in a sporting event. That’s not why you’re there.”
The Kings lost to the Grizzlies, 128-101.