A Michigan State fan in the Izzone section heckled Purdue’s Robbie Hummel, expressing his wish that the Boilermaker would “tear (his) ACL again.” The incident led to a mid-game altercation with Purdue’s coach Matt Painter. Tom Izzo was not pleased, and lashed out at “ignorant” Izzone fans.
“Robbie Hummel is one of the most respected people in this league, and I want our fans to be as hard as they can be,” Izzo said. “I just don’t want them to be ignorant.
“That would be a very ignorant statement. I would throw the guy out of here that said something like that. If he wants to talk about his grandmother, I wouldn’t like it, but I’d deal with it. But if he wants to talk about an injury to a kid who’s been through so much, I’ll try to find out who it was and make sure that I buy his ticket.”
Essentially, if your actions engender easy comparisons to Philadelphia fans, you’re doing it wrong.
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