Jusuf Nurkic, Kendrick Perkins, & Others React to Wizards Fan Running on the Court

Published 05/31/2021, 10:27 PM EDT
May 31, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Dwight Howard (39) looks on as security tackles a spectator on the court in the second half against the Washington Wizards during game four in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA along with the rest of the world was waiting to see fans back inside the Arenas for more than a year. However, that hasn’t gone as per the expectations if the last one week is anything to go by. In the latest incident involving an overexcited fan, a Wizards fan ran out onto the court in their game 4 against the Sixers.

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Now, the league, which has left it up to the franchises and the sports facility management to take action, might want to interfere in this scenario. The situation is evidently going out of hands with every other game witnessing such incidents. 

When a Wizards fan stunned the on-court athletes

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Eight minutes into the crucial third quarter, when the Wizards were leading the game 80-74, a fan decided to take to the floor. The youngster came in sprinting and fell near the rim as a security guard tackled him before he could reach any of the players. The fan’s intentions were unclear, but his ill-timed move definitely hindered the flow of the game. 

Just as this happened, the entire NBA circle took to Twitter to condemn the breach of security. Take a look at how Jusuf Nurkic, Kendrick Perkins, Jamal Crawford, and others reacted:

This wasn’t just an inconsequential act in the middle of a decisive playoff game. In fact, chances were that the fan could’ve harmed a player and it could’ve even led to a stoppage. Keeping this in mind, the league must put out strict measures that are bigger than just banning mischievous fans from entering the arena.

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A week full of overexcited fans

Be it the racial remarks directed at Ja Morant, a Knicks fan spitting on Hawks’ Trae Young, or a Celtics fan almost hitting Kyrie Irving with a water bottle, this week has been a blemish on the NBA fans. Plus, one must not forget the Russell Westbrook episode where a season ticket holder dropped popcorn over him and ran. Such acts have the potential to further aggravate the fans of opposing teams to seek similar revenge.

What if the stands become a breeding ground for hooliganism in the near future? These are some dire and rather negative questions but the league must think of the most stringent solutions. Do you agree that such acts must never again be repeated?

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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