A Dallas Mavericks fan was escorted out of the arena during Game 4 of the team’s second round series with the Phoenix Suns in the 2022 NBA Playoffs for allegedly putting his hands on Chris Paul’s family. The incident appears to have happened after Paul fouled out in the fourth quarter. The Mavs would go on to win, 111-101, to tie the series at 2-2.
The fans have now been banned from the Mavericks’ home arena until 2023, per NBA insider Shams Charania.
After the game, Paul tweeted this.
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 fan was sitting behind the Suns’ bench near Paul’s mother, wife, and children. He allegedly made contact with Paul’s mother, and his wife was also reportedly pushed. This is what happened according to a report from ESPN:
Paul’s mother, Robin, as well as his wife, Jada, and their two children watched the game in seats close behind the Suns’ bench at American Airlines Center, sources told ESPN. His mother had hands put on her and his wife was pushed, a source familiar with the situation told ESPN, and Paul’s kids were there to witness it.
Video has surfaced of the young fan getting kicked out of the arena. As security walks the fan out, Paul tells the fan “I’ll see you later.”
Someone was escorted out of AAC after allegedly putting hands on one of Chris Paul’s family members pic.twitter.com/Z7UhGsHV59— Dallas Texas TV (@DallasTexasTV) May 9, 2022
The incident happened on Mother’s Day. Paul fouled out in just 23 minutes, and finished with only five points. The Suns came to Dallas with a 2-0 series lead before dropping both games.
The fans have been banned until 2023:
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
Unwanted hugs? Whatever you say, Mark Cuban.