NBA fans gotta keep the water bottles, spit and popcorn to themselves … so says NFL tight end Gerald Everett, who tells TMZ Sports the wild spectators need to cut the crap and keep sports a peaceful place for everyone. There have been several instances of fans crossing the line at NBA games over the past week — with superstars like Trae Young, Kyrie Irving and Russell Westbrook having objects — or liquids — hurled in their direction.
“Man, we just gotta realize that it’s a team sport,” Everett told us at LAX. “We’re doing it to bring everybody together and it’s just like a crazy time right now — coronavirus and everybody’s still tryna make it through.” “Sports is the only thing we have left so we have to use that as a key element to bringing people back together.”
Michele Roberts: And while some people are not of the view that there is systemic racism in this country that needs to be addressed—and there are people in our league that feel that way—those voices have not have not suppressed those of us who feel otherwise. So my hope is that the league will continue to honor the rights of our players and coaches and owners, who do think it’s incumbent upon the business to allow for the continued expression of people’s views. And I hate to see us go backwards. S–t, I remember when the [WNBA] women were fined for wearing warmup shirts. It was rescinded and that’s never happened again. The fact that we have gone from a period of four or five years ago, when basketball players were fined for being “out of uniform” to where last summer, guys were able to express themselves on their jerseys. In my view, that is nothing other than progress. I think in some ways, we’ve even maybe pushed football a little bit further than they had been before. The NBA players should take credit for, frankly, being the most progressive sports league on the planet.
Aaron Rodgers might be pulling the equivalent of that in the NFL — or at least something close to it. He’s clearly unhappy in his situation with the Packers. So he’s trying to force his way out. Anthony Davis said he totally understands where he’s coming from. He was playing Call of Duty live on a stream and was asked about the situation by his game chat.
Why doesn’t the NBA do as its brethren and hire K Street help to do its bidding with lawmakers? In a statement, the league contended that it simply didn’t have to pay to sway, at least not in D.C. “As necessary and appropriate, the NBA engages with government officials and speaks publicly regarding matters that affect our sport,” league spokesman Mike Bass said in an email. “In Washington, we have found that members of both parties are open to hearing our point of view directly.”