The Dallas Mavericks said they are aware of an incident between a fan and the family of the Phoenix Suns’ Chris Paul during Sunday’s Western Conference semi-final at American Airlines Center.
ESPN reported that members of Paul’s family had been harassed by fans and that some in the Dallas crowd made physical contact with them.
Paul himself tweeted about the incident after the game. “Wanna fine players for saying stuff to the fans but the fans can put they hands on our families….fuck that!!” he wrote.
According to ESPN, Paul’s mother, wife and two children attended the game in seats behind the Suns’ bench. His mother, Robin, reportedly had hands put on her while ESPN said his wife, Jada, was pushed and was followed up the arena’s aisle when she left her seat. Paul was concerned enough for his family’s safety that he spoke to Suns security staff during the game.
The Mavericks said they dealt with the incident quickly. “It was unacceptable behavior and will not be tolerated,” the team said in a statement. “The Mavericks, along with American Airlines Center, swiftly removed the fan from today’s game.”
On Sunday, the Mavericks beat the Suns 111-101 and evened the best-of-seven series 2-2. Paul fouled out of the game in the fourth quarter. Game 5 is Tuesday night in Phoenix.