Why are Raptors fans hating on Humphries?
By Steve Buffery, QMI Agency
|New Jersey's Kris Humphries, a former Raptor, returned to Toronto on Friday night. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)
Toronto sports fans are notorious for booing players who once played for the Raptors, Maple Leafs or Blue Jays.
They’ve booed players for quitting on the team when they were in T.O., for fleeing as a free agent and for simply requesting a trade.
It seems it doesn’t matter what your excuse for leaving is. If you are a player of substance, and once played in Toronto, you’re probably going to get booed when you return the ACC or Rogers Centre.
But why Kris Humphries was booed on Friday night at was a bit of a mystery. Humphries played parts of three seasons with the Raptors and was neither loved nor hated. But his return as a member of the New Jersey Nets was met with passionate boos and cat-calls.
Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan figures the hate is the result of the “Reality” show Humphries appeared, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, which stars his wayward wife, Kim Kardashian.
“With him and the show he had, a lot of people hate him or like him, or whatever,” said DeRozan. “But (the booing) was hilarious to me. It was entertaining.”
Humphries obviously didn’t let the cold reception at the ACC get him down on Friday night, as he picked up a game leading 16 rebounds to help the Nets down the Raptors 97-85.