The Dallas Mavericks released a more detailed statement on the incident between two Mavericks fans and Chris Paul’s family.
According to the organization, the two “unruly” fans attempted to give “unwanted hugs” to members of his family. Security was quickly called and the fans were removed from the arena. They will now not be allowed back into the facility until next year.
Statement from the Dallas Mavericks on the incident involving Chris Paul’s family and fans. Two fans, who gave unwanted hugs to Paul’s family, will be banned from American Airlines Center until 2023: pic.twitter.com/tDTVcD36uU
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 9, 2022
Whether or not these fans meant any harm seems to remain unclear. However, the use of “unruly” certainly makes it sound as if the intentions weren’t the best.
Regardless of exactly how the situation went down, I think it’s a good reminder to always keep your hands to yourself. Don’t be foolish and just respect everyone’s personal space. Simple as that.
You can read our original post on the report below:
After Game 4 between the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks, Chris Paul tweeted out a message of frustration about an apparent incident that took place during the contest.
It sounded bad:
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
Quickly following the social media post, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported that Paul’s Mother had “hands put on her,” while Paul’s wife was shoved. So, yeah, it was bad:
A source familiar with Chris Paul's tweet after Game 4 told ESPN that Paul's mother had hands put on her by Dallas fans and Paul's wife was also pushed. To make matters worse, Paul's kids witnessed it. "They felt very unsafe," the source said.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) May 8, 2022
The Dallas Mavericks went on to release a statement confirming they were aware of the situation, calling it “unacceptable” and sharing that a fan was immediately removed from the arena:
Statement from the Mavericks: “The Dallas Mavericks are aware of an incident between a fan and the family of Chris Paul. It was unacceptable behavior and will not be tolerated. The Mavericks, along with American Airlines Center, swiftly removed the fan from today’s game.”
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) May 9, 2022
You don’t need me to tell you this, but everything about this is completely inappropriate. In no world is it acceptable to physically confront another fan, let alone the mother and wife of a player there to simply watch their family member play. I’m really hoping Paul’s family is ok and can find a way to quickly move on from whatever happened. As for the fans who were dumb enough to confront Paul’s family, I expect them to be banned from NBA games moving forward.