The Philadelphia 76ers fan who gave angry double birds to Russell Westbrook on Wednesday has apologized for his actions while suggesting he was provoked by the Oklahoma City guard.
Richard Harkaway, a practicing urologist who moonlights as a comedian, became an internet sensation after showing both of his middle fingers to Westbrook. He was escorted from his seat by security and roasted by ESPN’s Jeff Gundy on the television broadcast.
“As a part-time comedian I realize that my words and actions are sometimes inappropriate,” Harkaway said in a statement to Philly.com issued by a personal representative. “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.”
Give credit to Harkaway for accepting responsibility but his statement is definitely the first thing we’ve ever read containing the phrase “as a part-time comedian.” It’s truly an attention-grabber perfect for best man speeches or awards banquets.
While we haven’t had the privilege of catching any of Harkaway’s sets, it’s being reported that he routinely makes light of his weight.
A nation won’t be satisfied until we get the isolated audio of Westbrook yelling at the crowd. This is a scandal that deserves all of our attention until we learn what really happened.