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As NBA fans continue to destroy their reputation during the 2021 Playoffs, several people have suggested a way to help curb the rash of those with tickets abusing those wearing uniforms. As the number of fans throwing things on the court, speaking poorly toward the family members of players, and endangering those around them in the arena grows, this “deterrent” might be the last, best way for the NBA, a league who provides a lot of access to fans, to eliminate the bad eggs in arenas. So, I ask you: Should athletes be allowed to fight unruly fans when they feel threatened?
For days I have seen this from several people, mostly outside the sport of basketball, offer their opinion for how the NBA should deal with disruptive fans. More correctly stated, these people have a suggestion for how athletes should be allowed to deal with fans who invade their space, better known as the basketball court.
The idea was put forth by former baseball front office executive David Samson during his “Nothing Personal” podcast in which he suggested that athletes should be allowed to “pummel” those fans who reach the court with hostile intent. Others have even suggested that those who violate the court’s perimeter should be offered an option: Jail Time for the crime, or to go one-on-on with the athlete who they threw something at or in any other way put at risk of injury or bodily harm.
The image I have is every NBA arena having a “special room” where athletes and fans can get together to “discuss and workout” their differences. Those who had the courage to speak out from the stands during the game are then afforded the opportunity to share those same views about an athlete face-to-face with them in close quarters.
As Samson pointed out, the issue of serving alcohol to fans who really aren’t thirsty is part of the reason why so many get out of the control, especially during playoff time when those from the cheap seats sneak their way downstairs late in games. I don’t believe, however, that giving athletes the ability to pummel drunk fans is the visual they want to send to the public, nor does the “two wrongs make a right” rule generally sit well with law enforcement officials.
While the notion of giving fans “what they deserve” when they storm the court may sound appealing to those who would repeatedly watch the video on social media, of course, it is about as realistic as saying the death penalty will bring down murders in America.
Sadly, it appears that the time has come for the NBA to do something else suggested by David Samson, have a barrier placed around the court to keep players at a safer distance from the fans. This will take away millions of dollars a year in ticket sales for the league, thereby lowering the NBA’s salary cap, so I hope the players are willing to pay for this newfound protection since they will be footing the bill if they are not shoving their foot up some guy’s ass after another water bottle is tossed.
The NBA has only themselves to blame by trying to give too much player access to their fans; now, the rules must be rolled back before a player does take matters into their own hands.
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