Video: Wizards' Isaiah Thomas Ejected After Confronting 76ers Fans in Stands

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 22, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 18: Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Washington Wizards in action in the second half against the Chicago Bulls at Capital One Arena on December 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Washington Wizards point guard Isaiah Thomas was ejected in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 125-108 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

During a stoppage in play, Thomas walked up to a pair of fans standing close to the court. He had a brief discussion with the fans before Wizards security asked for the fans to be removed. Thomas then returned to his team's bench.

NBC Sports Wizards @NBCSWizards

Isaiah Thomas was ejected for entering the stands and talking to a pair of Sixers fans #RepTheDistrict https://t.co/aRqmvNWUQ2

He played 25 minutes in the defeat, scoring 20 points and dishing out three assists.

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks was unaware of what was said by the fans to warrant Thomas' reaction, per The Athletic's Fred Katz:

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Scott Brooks says he doesn’t know why Isaiah Thomas went into the stands but that there’s only one reason to ever go into the stands. Then said he’s gonna keep that one reason to himself.

Thomas provided his side, telling reporters that one of the fans had said, "F--k you, b---h" (warning: video and tweet contain profanity):

Fred Katz @FredKatz

Isaiah Thomas said the fan he approached in the stands gave him two middle fingers and yelled “Fuck you, bitch!” three times: https://t.co/z1Fk4LVKdW

NBA rules mandate that an ejection is required for a player "deliberately entering the stands other than as a continuance of play."

Thomas faces a $2,000 fine for his first ejection of the season, and the league may raise the fine based on the nature of the infraction. Patrick Beverley was docked $25,000 in October when he threw the ball into the stands to celebrate a win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Antonio Davis received a five-game suspension in January 2006 when he walked over the scorer's table and into the seats, believing a fan was harassing his wife.