Isaiah Thomas Defends Confrontation with Fan, Hopes for NBA’s Support

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Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas wants the NBA to take his side after Thomas entered the stands Saturday in Philadelphia to respond directly to a fan Thomas said flipped him off and cursed at him.

Thomas believes the league should support him after he walked into the stands at Wells Fargo Center during a fourth-quarter timeout to speak with the spectator. Thomas said the fan told him he was upset Thomas cost him a free Wendy’s Frosty by making one of two free throws. Had Thomas missed both attempts, it would have been frozen treats for everyone as part of a Sixers sponsor promotion.

Thomas said he wasn’t buying the fan’s “I just wanted a Frosty” explanation because, according to Thomas, the fan yelled, “F— you, bitch!” three times after the make.

“I know (the league is) going to investigate. I’m going to tell them the same thing (he told reporters after the game), so if you’re for the players, I feel like you’re going to back me, because I didn’t do anything disrespectful,” Thomas said.

Thomas was ejected from the game after officials reviewed video of the exchange. The fan and a companion were ejected from the arena after Thomas pointed them out to security personnel.

Thomas said the fan’s rant was the worst thing he had heard directed at him during his NBA career.

“Look at me in my heart, put your middle fingers up and saying it three times? Like, you mean that. That’s not you just wanted a Frosty,” Thomas said.

Author: Tom Gatto

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