Chicago Bulls star Taj Gibson has conceded that he expects nothing less from Cleveland Cavaliers fans after objects were thrown at him on Tuesday night.
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Gibson was ejected in the fourth quarter of Game 5 on Tuesday night after he reacted to Cavs point guard Matthew Dellavedova trapping his leg in a lock as he fell to the floor.
The Bulls center kicked out to get his leg free which led to a melee between players from both sides, but the end result hurt the visitors more as Gibson was sent back to the locker room.
However, the drama did not end there as he was targeted by Cavs fans as he walked down the tunnel with a towel thrown in his direction but ultimately missed.
According to reports, other objects were also thrown at him, and this isn’t the first time that a Bulls players has had an issue Cleveland fans this post-season.
“That’s what happens when you’re in Cleveland,” Gibson said, as reported by ESPN.
“[That’s the] second time in a row they threw stuff at us. It’s classless, but we’re here to play basketball. I can’t focus on that kind of stuff.”
Teammate Joakim Noah was fined $25,000 for ‘pushing a fan’ earlier in the series, while he also claimed that a fan spat at him while he walked off the court in the same game.
The tension between these two teams has been growing throughout the series and they have a long-time rivalry, but that is no excuse for it to spread to the stands where fans are wrongly targeting players and it certainly does nothing to help Cleveland’s reputation.