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Well U N Y c. I'm Michael Hill after months of not being allowed to watch their favorite teams in person during the pandemic, sports fans are back at stadiums and arenas and so is bad fan behavior. Last week. A Knicks fan spit on Atlanta Hawks player at Madison Square Garden is one of several recent examples of fans misbehaving and perhaps abusing players. Professor A mirror Rose Davis teaches history in African American studies at Penn State University and Co host the sports podcast. Burn it all down, she says. To understand what's going on. We did look at the racial dynamic at play, and she joins us now by Skype. Hi, Professor Mirror. Rose Davis. How are you? Welcome back to W. N Y. C. Yeah, happy to be back and morning. Good morning. There's a speculation a lot of speculation that fans were misbehaving because they have all this pent up energy from being stuck at home during the pandemic. But Carrie Irving, the Brooklyn Nets guard who had a bottle thrown at him over the weekend, says the problem is much deeper than that. Them that way in history in terms of entertainment performers and sports for a long period of time and just underlying racism and just treating people like they're in a human zoo. Professor. I'm curious. How do you look at these incidents? Yeah, absolutely. I mean, I think that there is certainly idea like, okay pandemics over rowdyism his bag. Everybody's finally outside but understand rowdyism without understanding. Racial dynamics also leaves a huge part of the story out to Kyra's comments. I think that there's a long history of black athletes talking about Fan abuse what they hear from fans, things being thrown at them on Dat is not just happening right now after the pandemic, and it's been a conversation that has been coming up more frequently over the last few years as athletes continue to speak out about their experiences while trying to perform their jobs in various arenas around the country. Is there one way to curb this? In the New York case, understand the Curry Irving case, a fan was actually arrested law enforcement stepping in and saying, Look, the law is the law. One of the things that we're seeing is, arenas in teams are taking steps to ban fans, not just injecting them that day, but giving them lifetime bands. We've seen enhance fan code of conduct rolled out in the last few years. Right now in the NBA postseason. At least five venues have increased. What they are monitoring in terms of fan behavior, But we see a lot of this is reactive, and it hasn't really been as effective in stopping this behavior. One of the models perhaps we might look to is in the Premier League in the UK how they're trying to combat racism was actually disrupting play. And so the first warning they make it announcement the second morning again. And then if it happens a third time they stop teams leave the pitch. The game is in jeopardy. And so thinking about Proactiv things are like actual consequences. Besides, one individual, I think, perhaps, is ah, larger picture that might be able to be drawn about the situation's going on because they keep rejecting people, but it keeps happening. It's one thing to have some physical activity take place, spitting on the player throwing the bottle. Those of physical things lately. Fans have been in one instance one of the stars of the league. Pointing out that this this young star is balding. Where do you stand on on fancying something that could be seen as offensive or hurtful. Look in some of the athletes? Yeah, I think that athletes himself threaded needle here where they know that it comes with the territory to hear both the cheers and the booze to hear certain comments being made. One of the consistent places that they draw. The line is racial abuse or things that feel like that, Whether it's saying boy or saying statements that we saw in two years ago in Utah wins, a fan told Mr Westbrook Toe Get on, get on his knees like he's used to, um and or especially if they're going after their family members, whether they're yelling something at their family. Harassing their family. Those air the incidents that most see athletes speaking up about so I think that you know, the kind of stuff about balding certainly is a conversation. But those are things that I think athletes have been conditioned to just kind of take on D even when they speak up about more severe harassment. Um, and abuse often times, it's responded to by saying Well, this is part of your job, right? You just have to take it and that is what is really being pushed back upon which is like, okay, the lei jokes. Come with the territory, I suppose. But this is the line that you cannot cross. And there's the N B A. Is inference instance. Baby Stewie was seen in the playoffs. We have 15 seconds here. Is the NBA doing enough to say Okay, don't do this enough of this. Yeah. I mean, I think they're trying weather. It's enough remains toe be seen, but what is very clear going into next season? It need to be more proactive and not just reacting to incidents as they happen, but being prepared Professor, A mirror Rose Davis teaches history African American studies at Penn State, and she also called host a podcast. Burn it all down, Professor. Thank you. And please come back to morning edition, WN Y se. Thank you..