I'm wondering how the NBA handles spectator interference. As an example, during a free throw, what if the audience screams "BRICK" as they shoot, or someone pulls down their pants behind the hoop, etc..
My main concern is that any rule can be abused in both ways.
- It can legitimately distract the player
- It can be used by any player as an excuse to gain an advantage
There's nothing stopping teams/people from paying audience members a few bucks to be a nuisance, and everyone can utilize this. So my questions are
- How exactly is this dealt with, according to the rules?
- Has this every been abused (similar to how I described)?