Warriors fans got to enjoy their team winning a championship last year then 73 regular season games this year, so they’re understandably shaken up by their team’s unfolding capitulation to the mighty Oklahoma City Thunder. When fans become Mad Online, they tend to threaten violence upon haters, doubters, and really anyone, but rarely does an aggrieved fan take that shit to the streets.
A Warriors fan in Oklahoma City apparently recently defied that pattern, and tried to fight Charles Barkley in a hotel bar this weekend because the TNT host had the gall to pick the Thunder to win the series. USA Today’s Sam Amick has more:
There was pressure building on Saturday night at a hotel bar not far from the Thunder’s home, where a wayward Warriors fan was so enraged that TNT analyst Charles Barkley picked the Thunder to win the series that he challenged him to an actual fight (security was called, and the man was removed).
Amick also reports that horny Warriors owner Joe Lacob got spicy with a Thunder fan the next evening:
It rose in the corner section where Joe Lacob sat on Sunday night, too, when the passionate Warriors owner grew so weary of one Thunder fan’s belligerent badgering during Game 3 that he just had to holler back at the burly fellow (Lacob’s fiancé, also in attendance, would later play the part of charming peacemaker with the Thunder fan heading into Game 4).
This tense-as-hell series has its first potential elimination game tomorrow night in Oakland, where the Warriors have been incredibly tough to beat all year. Given the rule of threes, someone is going to get hit in the dick and balls again before this series is over.