It hasn’t been a great week for NBA player-fan interaction.
Matt Barnes got fined for directing inappropriate language at a fan (probably James Harden’s mom), and Joakim Noah got fined for pushing a fan.
So, the NBA surely doesn’t want to see Dwight Howard inviting a heckling fan to “Come out here” – presumably to fight.
Howard was clearly frustrated during a blowout loss, and he eventually got ejected. His short fuse is understandable, but the league rightfully doesn’t want players antagonizing fans.
Assuming this is all Howard did – and you’d think the guy recording Howard while trying to get a rise out of him would have posted any incriminating video – he probably gets a pass. But I’m not certain of that. The NBA could crack down.
(hat tip: Stephen Douglas of The Big Lead)