The Dallas Mavericks said they were aware of an incident between a fan and the family of Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns during Sunday’s Western Conference semifinals at the American Airlines Center.
ESPN reported that members of Paul’s family had been harassed by fans and that some in the Dallas crowd had made physical contact with them.
Paul himself tweeted about the incident after the game. “I want to fine players for saying things to the fans, but the fans can control our families… fuck that!!” He wrote†
According to ESPN, Paul’s mother, wife and two children attended the game on chairs behind the Suns couch. His mother, Robin, reportedly had her hands on her, while ESPN said his wife, Jada, was pushed and followed down the aisle of the arena as she left her seat. Paul was so concerned for his family’s safety that he spoke to Suns’ security personnel 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, quickly removed the fan from today’s game.”
On Sunday, the Mavericks defeated the Suns 111-101 and tied the best-of-seven series 2-2. Paul dropped out of the game in the fourth quarter. Game 5 is Tuesday night in Phoenix.