Bradley Beal isn’t afraid of getting into it with fans in the stands who may disrespect him as he claims his hands are for everybody.
The disrespect that fans have been showing to the players they pay to see on NBA hardwood in these 2021 Playoffs has most definitely been a stain on fans’ reputations. Everything from these so-called ‘fans’ hurling objects at players such as Kyrie Irving and Russell Westbrook, to racially insensitive profanities being directed towards players and their parents.
It would be unfair to mention these instances without talking about the swift actions taken by the league and teams to curb them from happening as often. Teams such as the Philadelphia 76ers handed out a suspension to a fan who threw popcorn at Bradley Beal’s point guard while the Celtics security promptly apprehended the man who threw a bottle at Kyrie.
However, there comes a point where players seem to question how far can fans in the stands go and how much disrespect the players can take. Bradley Beal certainly seems to be quite open-minded when it comes to these situations.
Bradley Beal says he doesn’t mind physical altercations with fans if they cross any sort of line.
After dropping 27 points, dishing out 4 assists, and grabbing 4 rebounds in the Game 4 win against the Sixers, Bradley Beal took to his postgame availability to talk about what’s been happening at these particular Playoff games.
The Athletic’s David Aldridge asked Beal if he felt any safer and the star guard’s response was short and sweet as he implied, he’d have no problem getting into it with fans who cross a line.
I asked Bradley Beal if he felt any less safe of late given the rash of fan-player incidents. He said no, saying he trusts security-while also pointing out that fans normally don’t confront players directly. “I don’t want to use my hood slang, but these hands work,” he said.
— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) June 1, 2021
Bradley Beal isn’t the first to suggest this of course as Charles Barkley said players should be allowed to beat up one disrespectful fan at each and every game. Though this is quite a hilarious suggestion, it is far from what the league can allow.
Unfortunately for Beal, if any sort of incident takes place where a physical altercation would be justified, security would swarm both him and the fan to prevent any further escalation.