Indian Country Today
One of the most welcome sights of the various sports during this 2021 season is the integration of having fans back in stadiums and arenas around the country.
There was something unsettling about empty stands, and while some teams increased capacity faster than others, it’s awesome to have the fan-crazed atmosphere back in action regardless of capacity.
Although, having not been able to attend for a year, it seems that some fans have forgotten how to act. Which is a shame and will only make the live-game experience worse for the rest of us if leagues start implementing stringent fan code of conduct rules.
In the span of just over a week, in the NBA playoffs, a fan was arrested in Boston after throwing a water bottle at Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving. In Philadelphia, a fan dumped popcorn on Washington Wizards guard Russel Westbrook and later in the series, a fan ran onto the court in Washington. Furthermore, it appeared that a fan tried to spit on Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young during a first round series against the New York Knicks.
And that’s just the NBA, but basketball also has the most intimate arrangement with fans being able to be so close to the action.
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International soccer has long faced problems with racism from fans, as has Major League Baseball on certain occasions.
What also seems to be steadily getting worse is fights in the stands or outside of arenas after the games. The now infamous “Suns in four” guy got a little notoriety out of his situation but they usually don’t end so well, for any of the parties involved.
Now, I've been to my fair share of games and been a rabble-rouser but never once have I gotten close to throwing fisticuffs. That’s ridiculous. As much as I love my Lakers, I’m not going to throw hands over them.
After all, it’s just a game.
Addressing the fans who throw things at players and take the trash talk over the line, to you, I also say, relax. Players are 100 percent correct when they say the majority of things fans say to them during a game, they wouldn’t say it to them off the court, and throwing projectiles puts everyone in danger.
The excuse saying fans pay good money to be at these games is a tired argument as well. Paying to be at a sporting event doesn’t give you the license to be a bum and ruin the experience for everyone else.
As fans, we can boo until the cows come home but we have to draw the line somewhere. Let’s have a little respect for each other and the athletes we watch.
So next time you see someone wearing the opponent’s jersey, give ‘em a high five and say good luck instead of trading vulgarities.
Can’t we all just get along?
The trending corner — did you see this?
The ending to game two of the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers was insane. The arena went wild but I love the priceless reactions from Stephen A. Smith and the great Michael Wilbon. #WaitForIt
Dallas Wings guard Chelsea Dungee, Cherokee, is averaging 3.4 minutes per game in her rookie WNBA season but she is making splashes off the court. Earlier this week, the Jordan brand announced its “WNBA Family,” endorsing 11 women to join the Jordan brand team, with Dungee among the group.
Some of the biggest stars may have opted out but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a boatload of talent heading to Tokyo for the Olympics. Here’s a photo of the men’s national team.
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