The Koward shirts, the cupcake signs and boos are all fun and fine. But one fan during Kevin Durant’s return to OKC stepped over the line of good-natured heckling into abusive behavior. That fan was big Thunder fan Big Rich Taylor and that moment came when security had to step in to tell him to chill out.
Via Anthony Slater of Mercury News
“That guy was disrespectful to us the entire night,” Green said. “Cheer. Heckle. Heckle all you want. But don’t be disrespectful. Calling guys p-words and all this stuff: ‘Get over there, little boy.’ He was disrespectful the entire night…This ain’t the ancient times. Slave days are over.”
The fan — Big Rich Taylor, the same guy who went viral when he taped himself planting a ‘For Sale: Coward’ sign outside Durant’s house on July 4 and tossing jerseys on his front porch — pointed at Durant and yelled as the rest of the Warriors surrounded. Andre Iguodala yelled at the guy. JaVale McGee said a couple words. Steve Kerr stepped in to diffuse the situation, telling the fan to calm down: “You’ve been on him all night.”
“Lot of that stuff tonight,” Kerr said. “Lot of people behind the bench. Second half it seemed to pick up. Maybe a little halftime boost.”
According to Steph Curry biography author Marcus Thompson, Draymond also said “I’m going to kick you” in response to Taylor saying, “Don’t kick anybody” when Draymond was checking in.