Isaiah Thomas explains why he went into the stands before ejection

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Washington Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas was ejected for going into the stands to confront a couple of Philadelphia 76ers fans in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game.

According to Thomas, the hecklers apparently said the “B” word and the two-time All-Star was not having any of it, via Candace Buckner of The Washington Post.

Thomas: “When you say 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 okay on any level & I will not be disrespected like that… Don’t talk about my family & don’t say that word.”

— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) December 22, 2019

Isaiah Thomas, putting on an Iverson jersey, address reporters about entering the stands.

Thomas said a fan raised both middle fingers and screamed at him: “ F—-you, B—-!”

Here’s Thomas detailing the incident, without censure.

— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) December 22, 2019

Thomas stated the Sixers fans flipped him the bird and yelled expletives at him while shooting two free throws. Obviously, Thomas didn’t appreciate what the fans did and that was enough to warrant an up close and personal confrontation from the 5-foot-11 guard during the timeout.

Thomas, sporting an Allen Iverson jersey in the locker room, added that the fans apologized after and explained that they just wanted to get a Frosty. Thomas speculated that the fans would have gotten the free treat had he missed the two free throws. But obviously, Thomas did not accept any of their excuses.

Fans can sometimes get carried away with their emotions. They also tend to forget that these players are human beings first and foremost, as Thomas said. Still, that isn’t a good reason to go and disrespect another person.

Similar to Thomas, the fans were also escorted out of the building following the incident.

The Wizards ended up losing, 125-109. Thomas scored 20 points and went 8-of-9 from the charity stripe. Bradley Beal poured in 36 points but that was not enough to overcome a balanced Sixers attack.

Washington has lost three straight and is now 8-20 on the season. They will look to snap their three-game slide when they take on the New York Knicks on Monday.

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