Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas went into the stands to verbally confront a fan Saturday night in Philadelphia after he said the fan directed profanity at him with both of his middle fingers up. He said the fan was upset he did not get a free Frosty.
The incident occurred late in the fourth quarter of a 125-108 loss at Wells Fargo Center against the 76ers. Thomas was ejected for entering the stands.
With 3:06 remaining and 76ers leading 119-102, Thomas converted 1 of 2 free throws. That prompted the fan to direct his ire at Thomas. Wells Fargo has a promotion in which fans receive a free Frosty if an opposing player misses two free throws in a row in the second half.
“So when I missed the first free throw, and made the second, I’m running back and the fan has both of his middle fingers up and said, ‘(expletive), (expletive),’ three times,” Thomas told reporters.
Washington called a timeout shortly after, and Thomas went into the stands to confront the fan, who was wearing a Ben Simmons jersey.
“I say, ‘Don’t be disrespectful,’ Thomas said. “I’m a man before anything, and be a fan. And his response was, ‘I’m sorry, I just wanted a Frosty.’”
Thomas, who said he spoke to the fan calmly, said the “league knows: I did nothing wrong,” and doesn’t believe he will be suspended.
Thomas said he told security who the fan was and had him removed from the game.
“When you say that, the B-word, that’s not OK. Because if I’m on the street, you won’t ever say that if I’m right next to you. So that’s not OK on any level,” Thomas said, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia. “And I will not be disrespected like that. Fans can say whatever they want — don’t talk about my family and don’t say that word.”
Wizards coach Scott Brooks said he wasn’t aware of what started the incident.
“You don’t know what happened, but there’s no reason to go into the stands,” Brooks said, according to The Washington Post. “Maybe there’s one (reason), but I’ll keep that between me and myself. . . . But, no, I don’t know what happened.”