The NBA has suspended the Washington Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas for two games without pay to confront fans, the league announced Sunday.
Thomas kicked off the fourth quarter of the Washington 125-108 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday to enter the stands. Thomas fired one of his fans at Wells Fargo Center after the All-Star twice followed with a free-kick giving his second.
The 76ers have an offer for which fans enjoy a frozen dessert if a Philadelphia opponent loses two free throws in the second half.
“The NBA rules state that any player who deliberately enters the spectator during a game will be automatically eliminated and subject to a fine and / or suspension,” NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe said in a statement.
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“This light-line rule is intended to prevent harassment or other hostile interactions between players and fans for the benefit of both, and is therefore even imposed under conditions such as these when the meeting between Thomas and fans has not escalated.”
In a statement, the NBA also confirmed that “the fans involved in this event have been banned by the 76ers for a year since the events of the Wells Fargo Center and the seats of the ticketholders have been revoked” under the fan’s code of conduct.
Thomas seemed to make an exception in his suspension, tweeting, “Bulls-!”