The Sixers Fan Who Flipped Off Russell Westbrook Is A Doctor Who Claims He Was Provoked

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10.27.16 8 Comments

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If you caught Wednesday night’s game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, you saw one Philly fan do this towards Thunder guard Russell Westbrook:

Immediately after this happened, everyone wanted to know this dude’s identity (and, if you’re Jeff Van Gundy, why Westbrook wasn’t allowed to go into the stands and beat the hell out of him). As it turns out, learned that this Sixers fan is named Richard Harkaway, and when he’s not trying to get a rise out of All-NBA guards, he’s a urologist in Philadelphia.

So not only did a doctor try to get into a fight with Russell Westbrook, but Harkaway claims that the reason he got so mad was Westbrook made fun of him for his weight. In a statement released on Thursday by a personal representative to, Harkaway said…

“As a part-time comedian I realize that my words and actions are sometimes inappropriate. In this instance, after standing up to boo and being provoked by Russell Westbrook calling attention to my being overweight, my action in response was clearly inexcusable and I am embarrassed. I sincerely apologize to my fellow Sixers fans, the Sixers organization, my colleagues and patients, and to Mr. Westbrook for my behavior.”

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