Game four of the NBA Western Conference semifinals series between the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks nearly turned into a dark moment for the league. A fan had to be removed after members of Suns point guard Chris Paul’s family were harassed and physically contacted during the game. CP3 was not thrilled about the incident to say the least.
After the Mavericks’ 111-101 victory to tie the series at two games each, Paul took to Twitter to address what he sees as hypocrisy by the league. Chris Paul doesn’t understand how players can get fined for chirping back at hecklers, but fans can get physical with their families. The incident was caught on video, and the ESPN clip shows the young man being escorted from his seats.
“Wanna fine players for saying stuff to the fans but the fans can put they hands on our families….f*ck that!!”
Paul’s mom was there to watch her son compete on Mother’s Day. She was joined by Chris’ wife Jada and their two children. It was reported that Paul’s mother had hands placed on her by the fan and that his wife was pushed.
The Mavericks issued a statement about the incident. The team said the behavior was unacceptable. They noted that the fan was quickly removed from the arena.
Chris Paul fouled out of the game with about 9 minutes to go in the final quarter. He consulted with arena security to express his concerns. This type of unsafe behavior is becoming all too common at sporting events, and Paul is rightfully fed up.
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