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Jordan Clarkson has a hilarious response to altercation with ‘malicious’ Spurs heckler

Dec 27, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA;Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) rebounds in the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Clarkson managed to stay composed despite having the means to do otherwise yesterday. Following the Jazz-Spurs game, the Utah guard revealed that a heckler from the Spurs home crowd went at him for the game’s duration. Considering the scene that was, Clarkson spoke on what kept him from confronting the malicious fan.

“I can’t go into the crowd. That guy won’t lose anything. I’ll lose money. That could go to my daughter. She could buy a Bugatti or something.”

Jordan Clarkson

Because of Clarkson’s decision, everyone came out unscathed. With his team-leading 23 points off the bench, the Jazz escaped with a 110-104 victory over San Antonio, improving to 24-9 on the year. The victory keeps them comfortably seated in the third seed out West, behind the Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns. The Jazz will look to continue thriving during their road trip tomorrow night when they take on the struggling Portland Trail Blazers.

Problematic Player/Fan Interactions

The malicious Spurs heckler berating Jordan Clarkson adds to a long list of times where fans overstepped towards NBA players. Since returning to the arenas, some fans have taken some unwarranted liberties in contacting players during games. Let us not forget a Knicks fan spitting on Trae Young, a 76ers fan pouring their popcorn over Russell Westbrook, or a Celtics fan throwing a bottle of water at Kyrie Irving in last year’s playoffs.

While hecklers have unfortunately always played a role in the NBA, as in other leagues, instances like these have become too commonplace. Jordan Clarkson may have taken the right approach here, but other players might not. If and when the following altercation happens, we ought to consider stopping developments like this from happening again for the foreseeable future. I would say it falls within the best interests of all parties involved.

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