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Fan removed from NBA playoff game after incident with Chris Paul’s family, team says

After the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns, Paul tweeted: “Wanna fine players for saying stuff to the fans but the fans can put they hands on our families.”
2022 NBA Playoffs -  Phoenix Suns v Dallas Mavericks
Chris Paul during the game against the Dallas Mavericks during Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs on May 8, 2022, in Dallas.Glenn James / NBAE via Getty Images
/ Source: Associated Press

DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks said they are aware of an incident between a fan and the family of Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns during Sunday’s Western Conference semifinal round playoff game at American Airlines Center.

ESPN reported that members of Paul’s family had been harassed by fans and that some in the crowd made physical contact with them.

“It was unacceptable behavior and will not be tolerated,” the Mavericks said in a statement. “The Mavericks, along with American Airlines Center, swiftly removed the fan from today’s game.”

After the game, Paul tweeted: “Wanna fine players for saying stuff to the fans but the fans can put they hands on our families.” He also added an expletive.

Immediately after the game, it was unclear what Paul was addressing when he sent the tweet about a player’s family being accosted by fans. He wasn’t asked about it by reporters after the 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.