Do fans take heckling too far?
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Do fans take heckling too far?

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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. Pros like Klay Thompson understand the rules of engagement, but going after a person's family is unnecessary. 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. Cry all the way to the bank. Who do you side with?

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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?

Klay Thompson had some thoughts after Russell Westbrook got into it with fans in Utah after being eliminated from the playoffs:

I would never try and cross a line. I would say something about your game. I wouldn’t say something about your family, or your looks or anything… When you start name calling and calling someone bad words, that’s not cool. 

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 harder 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 the good fun.

Grow a thicker skin or get out.

Everyone's tough until they get called out.

Nothing wrong with a little trash talk. It's all in good fun.

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