Do fans take heckling too far? | The Tylt
Being a professional athlete is a double-edged sword when it comes to interacting with fans. People shower athletes with admiration, while spectators of opposing teams bombard them with heinous personal attacks. Washington Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas received a two-game suspension for going into the stands to tell a fan to stop saying, "f—, you, b—h". Yet, fans continue to cross that line. However, some say it's just the reality of being a public figure, and fans pay good money to be that close. For the kind of money athletes are being paid, they should be tougher. Who do you side with?
Do fans take heckling too far?
As much as fans look up to or look down on athletes, they tend to forget players are human beings. Imagine someone going to your place of work and screaming at you for hours. Not fun, right?
Isaiah Thomas didn't try to fight someone when they were calling him names. He politely asked them to stop. No one deserves that kind of abuse when they're just trying to work.
Sure, fans trying to psych out players is part of the game, but sometimes fans cross the line with personal attacks. And no, paying money to watch a game live does not give you license to be a terrible person. Can't we all just get along?
Boo-freaking-hoo. Athletes knew what they got into when they decided to play a game for a living with millions of people watching. If they don’t want to be criticized, they should get another job or grow up.
When fans attend games, they are paying their hard-earned money to see a good performance from their team and are encouraged to alter the outcome of the game by making things more difficult for the opposing team. Paying that money gives a fan the right to say whatever they want to say to these spoiled athletes. Plus, not everyone crosses the line. Fans want to get in the player's head, but it's usually in good fun.
Grow a thicker skin or get out.
Everyone's tough until they get called out.
Nothing wrong with a little trash talk. When you're making millions of dollars, you can take it.