Once upon a time, much was made about Wizards fans cheering for Kevin Durant when he visited Washington as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. He is from D.C., was an impending free agent and has traditionally been very popular in the area. But cheering for him, to some, crossed a line. Durant himself mentioned it and even John Wall echoed those ideas.
It all came full circle when Wall told CSN this past summer that Durant not visiting Washington may have had something to do with the fans cheering for opposing players. Durant did visit with Boston and at one point praised their supportive fanbase.
Well, well, well. Look what we have here now. Apparently, it is also a problem in Boston. The Jazz were in town on Tuesday and some fans cheered for Utah small forward Gordan Hayward, a guy who many have tied to the Celtics and this summer's free agency, as his college coach Brad Stevens currently coaches the Celtics.
Those fans applauding Hayward did not sit well at all with Celtics forward Jae Crowder. First, he tweeted this:
HOME TEAM FANS CHEERING FOR THE OPPOSING PLAYERS NOW.. AW MAN OK... SMH BUT GOOD WIN FELLAS ONTO THE NEXT ONE.!!— JAE CROWDER (@CJC9BOSS) January 4, 2017
“I heard the cheering before the game. I didn’t like that at all. I think that was a sign of disrespect to me from the fans. That sparked a little fire in me.”
When Durant and Wall made those comments, the suggestion was that the same thing wouldn't happen in other cities, that it was unique to Washington. Guess not.