A fan was removed from Game Four of the Dallas Mavericks-Phoenix Suns Western Conference semifinals series Sunday for harassing members of Chris Paul’s family.
Members of Paul’s contingent including his mother, wife, and kids, were subject to various abuse and physical contact from a particularly unruly Mavericks fan, prompting Paul to lash out via Twitter after the game.
“Wanna fine players for saying stuff to the fans but the fans can put they hands on our families….f— that!!”
Wanna fine players for saying stuff to the fans but the fans can put they hands on our families….fuck that!!
— Chris Paul (@CP3) May 8, 2022
The Mother’s Day clash between prospective Western Conference Finals representatives ended 111-101 in favor of the home-team Mavericks, tying the series at two games apiece headed back to Phoenix on Tuesday.
Chris Paul’s family attacked during Mavericks-Suns game
Paul’s wife, Jada, and mother, Robin, along with his two kids were seated close behind Phoenix’s away bench in American Airlines Center— his mother was physically touched by the fan, and his wife was pushed, all for his children to witness, according to ESPN.
Reports also suggest that Paul’s wife was followed up the aisle when she left her seat.
Paul, former head of the National Basketball Association’s Players Union, is usually well-tempered and carries himself with dignity off the court. For him to castigate the fan’s actions as harshly as he has reflects his discontent with the situation.
The Mavericks are aware of the situation and released a statement following the game.
“It was unacceptable behavior and will not be tolerated,” said the Mavs’ organization Sunday. “The Mavericks, along with American Airlines Center, swiftly removed the fan from today’s game.”
Paul, who finished the game with five points and seven assists in 23 minutes, was made aware of the severity of the situation when he fouled out with 8:58 remaining in the fourth quarter; cameras caught the Suns’ guard shouting “Hey! I’ll see you later! I’ll see you later!” as the fan was removed.
A source also shared that “[Paul’s] family felt very unsafe,” per ESPN.
Game Five is set to tip-off in Phoenix at 10:00 p.m. ET Tuesday.