Patrick Beverley fined $25,000 for altercation with Mavs fan
The NBA league office has fined L.A. Clippers guard Patrick Beverley $25,000 for his actions during his ejection in the fourth quarter of a 114-110 Sunday night loss to the Dallas Mavericks, per Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.
Beverley tossed the basketball toward longtime Mavs season-ticket holder Don Knobler after the two traded verbal spats throughout the game.
Beverley maintained his innocence, saying the fan overstepped his boundaries and said “f**k your mother” while provoking him throughout the game, which caused his ultimate reaction.
“I told the referee, I told the security,” Beverley told reporters, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. “I mean, I’ve never gotten ejected out of a game since I’ve been in the NBA. You know, I play hard, I play within the lines, of course. I play within the rules, of course. I’ve never been ejected in my career in the NBA, but I’m a grown man. I have morals. Of course, God is first, family is second for me, and I stand firmly behind that.
“I just, I can accept the ‘F**k you, Beverley,’ the ‘F**k you, Pat,’ but out of the lines of my mother, anybody who knows me, man, knows I’m a family-first guy, and there’s some things that are unacceptable. After I told the refs, I told security, the Dallas security, told both of them and again, he said it again. So if no one going to control fans, what are we supposed to do as players?”
This is hardly the first time Beverley has had issues with a road crowd, as he notably did as a member of the Houston Rockets against the hosts Oklahoma City Thunder, where he traded barbs with the son of a Thunder minority owner, with the league handing out the same fine back then.