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Taj Gibson, after fans threw things at him following his ejection: ‘That’s what happens when you’re in Cleveland’

Taj Gibson

Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) reacts to a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Chicago on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


Taj Gibson was ejected early in the fourth quarter of the Cavaliers’ Game 5 win over the Bulls, for appearing to kick Matthew Dellavedova after the two got tangled up under the basket.

Whether or not Gibson deserved the ejection is debatable, but there’s no arguing that the treatment he received from the fans as he was leaving the court was uncalled for and classless.

At least one object could be seen falling from the stands as Gibson headed into the tunnel, and it isn’t the first time that a Bulls player has had issues with the fans in Cleveland.

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What angered Gibson almost as much as the ejection was the fact that fans threw objects at him as he was escorted off the floor by Bulls head of security Eric Buck.

“That’s what happens when you’re in Cleveland,” Gibson said. "[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.”

Joakim Noah was fined $25,000 for “pushing a fan” earlier in the series, and complained that a fan had spit on him as he was leaving the court.