Two 76ers fans have been banned from Wells Fargo Center for 12 months for yelling obscenities and making obscene gestures toward Washington Wizards point guard Isaiah Thomas late in the Sixers’ 125-108 victory Saturday night.
In addition, the season-ticket holder, who transferred the tickets, had his season tickets revoked. The person will be refunded for the remaining 24 home games.
Thomas was ejected with 2 minutes, 53 seconds left in the game for going into the stands after being heckled by the two Sixers fans.
“I’m never going to be disrespected in any way,” Thomas said after the game. “My dad taught me at a young age, don’t never let anybody call you out of your name. It doesn’t matter where I am, that’s not going to happen.”
The situation occurred after Thomas attempted two foul shots with 3 minutes, 6 seconds remaining. He 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] you [expletive] three times,” Thomas said. "So then the timeout goes, and I go in the stands to confront him, I said ‘Don’t be disrespectful’ that calm. ‘Be a man. I’m a man before anything, and be a fan.' And his response was, ‘I’m sorry. I just wanted a Frosty.’ ”
Fans in attendance are treated to a free frozen milk shake from Wendy’s when a player on the opposing team misses both foul shots in the second half.
The NBA announced on Sunday night that Thomas has been suspended two games without pay for entering the spectator stands.
NBA rules state that any player who deliberately enters the spectator stands during a game will automatically be ejected and subject to a fine and/or suspension.