Udonis Haslem is not a popular guy in Atlanta right now. That might not be the case all the time — perhaps the fine folks in the ATL really like Udonis Haslem under all other circumstances — but after what went down during the game between the Hawks and the Heat on Wednesday night, it’s easy to see why he wouldn’t be held in especially high regard.
Of course, the incident we’re talking about involved Haslem costing Hawks fans free food from Chick-fil-A. Atlanta has a promotion where if an opposing player misses two consecutive free throws, fans get chicken sandwiches. Haslem stepped to the line in a Heat blowout, and as is usually the case in blowouts, the fans wanted to get something positive out of it.
That thing would be free Chick-fil-A. Haslem missed the first, which led to those in the crowd exploding. Haslem, being a grizzled veteran with a few rings, rose to the occasion, canning his second free throw and telling the fans to quiet down.
It is legitimately hilarious that Hawks fans became so deflated after this moment. Haslem’s reaction was also perfect, as he celebrated silencing the crowd like he just hit a dagger in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Haslem must have got a craving for some chicken after this, because one day later, he posted a delightfully petty tweet and made it a point to tag the Hawks.
Haslem got to take a victory lap on a division foe and eat Chick-fil-A for dinner, which is a pretty good way to spend a Thursday evening.