Following the report, people on Internet liken the Cleveland Cavaliers center to Odell Beckham Jr. who was arrested after he slapped a police officer on the behind.
Cleveland Cavaliers star Tristan Thompson was ejected during a Friday night, January 17 game against the Memphis Grizzlies. The center made an early exit after he touched Memphis forward Jae Crowder inappropriately.
The incident occured in the third quarter of their game at FedExForum. Tristan was about to do a free throw after he drew a foul with just more than two minutes left in the third quarter. That was when he slapped Jae’s butt as he walked past him to get his way back behind the 3-point line.
Jae was unsurprisingly jumping back in surprise by the sudden touch. The ex of Khloe Kardashian was immediately assessed as a second technical foul before being thrown out of the game, which ended their 113-109 loss to the Grizzlies.
Tristan left the game with three points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes. Of his antics, the 28-year-old athlete said to Fox Sports Cleveland, “It’s a former teammate of mine, Jae Crowder. We have history. It’s just a little competitive spirit. They might have took it the wrong way, probably because they might have forgot that we were teammates for half a year. It’s like playing anyone else … I’m definitely calling the [Players Association] tomorrow to appeal that 1,000 percent.”
He also addressed his first technical in the first half of the game. “We got a tech for being former teammates,” he said. “I guess you can’t talk to your former teammates no more.”
Following the report, people on Internet likened him to Odell Beckham Jr. who was arrested after he slapped a police officer on the behind. “Ok arrest warrant time,” one person wrote with someone else suggesting that “Tristan and obj should date.” Another user added, “Tristan better chill you see what happened to odell dude was like tf.”
One person joked that Tristan did what he did because he somehow got reminded of his baby mama Khloe, with whom he shares daughter True, at the time. “He thought he was Khloe,” said a fan. Echoing the sentiment, one other wrote, “Probably reminded him of Khloe for a brief moment.”