Coach Dan Issel crossed the line last night after another frustrating Nuggets loss. Just after the home loss to the Charlotte Hornets, Issel was walking just in front of point guard Nick Van Exel. A fan yelled down to Issel as he was just about to walk under the tunnel to the Nuggets locker-room. Issel paused and looked up at the fan as Van Exel tried unsuccessfully to push Issel forward. Issel then yelled up at the fan to “Hey, go buy another beer. Go drink another beer, you…”.
Issel crossed the line by specifically targeting the fan’s ethnic background along with obscenities.
Dan, Dan. Everyone know you are frustrated – hey, we fans are just as frustrated! But, you just can’t cross the line into a racial slur, no matter what provoked it.
The team and league is looking into the punishment – a 10 day suspension is being considered. No comment from Issel has been available as of yet. Denver’s local channel 9 plans to interview Issel live at 12:30 PM MST.