Last night's Game 5 of the NBA Finals was heartbreaking for Toronto Raptors fans. But it seems that a couple of rowdy troublemakers took it too far after the Raptors' devastating 1-point loss to the Golden State Warriors. A video posted to Twitter depicts a Warriors fan punched in the streets of Toronto after the game finished last night.
The unflattering video, which has gotten over 100,000 views since it was posted online last night, has basketball fans from across the continent questioning Toronto fans' behaviour during and after Game 5.
Up until last night's game, Toronto fans have been applauded for their good sportsmanship and respectful demeanour. Throughout the NBA post-season, Raptors fans have been notoriously characterized for their civility and decorum.
@warriorsworld First that, then #warriors fan gets sucker punched twice postgame. C'mon guys. https://t.co/dARKkbtus3— Brian B (@Brian B)1560227750.0
Even Golden State Warriors player Klay Thompson remarked about how much he appreciated Toronto's kindness. Warriors coach Steve Kerr echoed a similar sentiment during an interview.
The incident certainly paints an ugly picture of Torontonians, and social media users haven't been holding back their criticisms.
@comeflywithb @warriorsworld As a Canadian and die hard Raps fan, this doesn't represent Toronto, Raptor Fans, or C… https://t.co/s8leJegzQX— A Hockey Voice (@A Hockey Voice)1560239348.0
@comeflywithb @warriorsworld @suhind Toronto is the trashiest city ever. More than Cleveland. Which is saying everything.— Nish (@Nish)1560228597.0
Some fans tried to defend Raptors fans, saying that the vast majority are good-natured, even-tempered people.
@comeflywithb @warriorsworld There are groups of Canadian sports fans that do this crap all the time, especially wi… https://t.co/D5h75aJObm— Zain N. (@Zain N.)1560229219.0
@comeflywithb @warriorsworld Why ppl acting like Toronto is the only city this would happen? There’s always gonna s… https://t.co/g06qKJwjSQ— This Is The Way (@This Is The Way)1560235991.0
@dubgirl301 @comeflywithb @warriorsworld It’s honestly not a reflection of our city or our fan base. These thugs ex… https://t.co/isTZik6WDX— Phil Doucet (@Phil Doucet)1560252767.0
@comeflywithb @warriorsworld There are awful fans in every fan base. I would ask that you don't judge a city or a f… https://t.co/A1rW5mDAq4— Brandon Wiehr (@Brandon Wiehr)1560237637.0
Some commenters were really, really harsh.
And some called on Mayor John Tory, Raptors President Masai Ujiri, and Drake to intervene.
@comeflywithb @warriorsworld @JohnTory @Raptors Masai Ujiri @Drake you all need to come out and condemn this kin… https://t.co/RYRKmu1ZdH— ahdurian (@ahdurian)1560253027.0
Between the violent post-game antics and the gleeful cheering at Kevin Durant's injury, it was a disappointing night to be a Raptors fan, according to many people:
@comeflywithb @warriorsworld This is so upsetting. As a Raptor fan I find this despicable and not representative of… https://t.co/g40O6DAsVe— Munir Ajani (@Munir Ajani)1560236679.0
@comeflywithb @warriorsworld Man... From Vancouver and a Warriors fan for a while. Ppl I know on the raptors wagon… https://t.co/ZhPVmaWQ4K— fsport (@fsport)1560239734.0
Let's do better, Toronto.