Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks is the old school NBA. Mainly because Brooks had to work hard – and then work a little harder – to get everything he had earned during his playing career in the NBA.
It wasn’t surprising that Brooks delivered a scathing five-minute old-fashioned scolding the fan who ran on the court during the third trimester of Game 4 between Washington and Philadelphia on Monday.
“But it’s unfortunate a fan here and there, it messes up everyone,” Brooks said. “There are big fans in Boston and New York and in Philly and DC, Utah. But there are some who just need, you know what, to stay home. Your thinking is barbaric. Stay at home. We don’t need you. We don’t need your money. Stay at home. Stay away from us.
The fan was attacked by arena security, and the Wizards said in a statement, “During tonight’s game, a fan was apprehended by Capital One Arena special police after attempting to enter. the court. He will be banned from the arena and charges are pending. continued with DC MPD. “
Brooks, who took off his mask to get what he had to say on his chest, even wondered how effective a ban could be.
“Ban them and this and that,” he said. “What does that mean? Is there any facial recognition that you can’t get a ticket in the aftermarket and not shave for a week and wear a hat and still come in. I don’t know if there are any criminal charges, but they have to get something on their case, and they have to be exposed and they have to pay out of their own pocket.
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Here are Brooks’ full comments:
“It’s actually embarrassing for all those fans doing that. The NBA has big fans. I played in Philadelphia. They have big fans. They have a knucklehead who decided to throw some popcorn. Boston has big fans. They have a knucklehead who decided to throw in a bottle of water. New York has big fans. I played there. I played in Boston, but got cut. … New York has big fans. A knucklehead decided to spit on someone. We have big fans. A knucklehead tried to enter the arena, and that’s unacceptable. It’s not good.
“Ban them and this and that. What does it mean? Is there any facial recognition that you can’t get a ticket in the aftermarket and not shave for a week and wear a hat and still come in. I don’t know if there are any criminal charges, but they have to get something on their record, and they have to be exposed and they have to pay out of their own pocket.
“Athletes in the same situation, if Russell had thrown popcorn at someone, trust me there would have been a major lawsuit that a guy can’t see. He broke his neck because the popcorn hit him. All of these athletes have to defend themselves and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and tarnish their names.
“We love to be heckled. We love it .. I love it as a coach. I love it. As a player, I loved it when they heckled me during my two minutes. Russell, he loves to be heckled. But there is a crossing of the line. I didn’t have a father, but my mother would never let me think about doing that. It is a privilege. That’s a lot of money that everyone is paying. I know when I go to sporting events with my kids when they were young, I didn’t want to hear people use foul language. It’s embarrassing, and we have to control it.
“But it’s a shame that a fan here and there ruins everyone. There are big fans in Boston and New York and Philly and DC, Utah. But there are some who just need, you know what, to stay home. Your thinking is barbaric. Stay at home. We don’t need you. We don’t need your money. Stay at home. Stay away from us. Let the fans who appreciate it, let them be with their families enjoying it.
“Encourage us, heckle us, shout at us.” Stay, we stink and you’re 0-for-6, you’re our best player, keep doing that. We love it. I’m happy with our building and our safety… it was a great tackle. I don’t know if the football club needs it, but it was great. I loved it. Sometimes I wish we could define screens like this. For me it was first class in our building. I give these guys a lot of credit. They protect the fans and they protect our players. I love that part. But we have to… these fans, think about it. It just happened, and they’re not afraid. But they must start to lose some of their money. Defend yourself in the courthouse, whatever. I don’t know the law. I just know you shouldn’t be able to do this and get away with it and get kicked out. Because we all know you can dress differently and look different and step into an arena.
“It was a long answer, but I’ve had enough. We all deserve better. Kyrie is right. These players are playing so hard, and it’s emotional and you love it when your players are so competitive and they are cutting edge. If your players are not on an edge, you have no chance of winning. But when you’re at the limit and someone crosses the line, what do you think is going to happen? I give all of our players (credit), all.
“There have only been 5,000 NBA players in the history of the game and most of them can control themselves and sometimes I don’t know how. They never really spoke to me. They just said a few minutes here and there because that’s all I played. Russell, I’ve been with him for eight years and what he has to listen to night after night is unacceptable. My mum, I know my mum, I would have had the nearest branch ripped off, and it would be on my butt if I had done something so stupid.