Phoenix Suns star Grant Hill had to be restrained after a fan in Chicago cursed and spit at him, the Arizona Republic reported.
The altercation occurred while Hill was leaving the floor after a tough 97-94 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.
"He said some profanity and spit in my direction," Hill told the newspaper. "I’m not going to let somebody spit at me. He knew he did wrong because he took off running."
Hill was held back by security guards, who later caught the fan.
"I just saw the anger in his face," Suns teammate Vince Carter said. "When you see Grant like that, you know something’s up. Grant doesn’t say anything to anybody. He competes and does his job."
Hill, a former Duke standout, recently made headlines after criticizing former Michigan star Jalen Rose for saying the Blue Devils ”only recruited black players that were ‘Uncle Toms.’ ” Rose made the comments in a documentary on Michigan’s Fab Five.