Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley was ejected Sunday after throwing a bounce pass towards a Mavs fan.
Beverley accused the fan of using profanity during an in-game exchange, he said the fan told him “f–k your mother.” Patrick Beverley reacted by throwing the ball at the fan, resulting his ejection from the Clipper’s 114-110 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
“I told the referee, I told the security,” Beverley told reporters. “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.”
This is Don Knobler, the Mavs fan who was the target of the hard bounce pass that got Patrick Beverley tossed. Knobler says he told Beverley earlier in the game, “You’re a dirty player.” After Beverley responded, Knobler said, “Your mother.
“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?”
The fan, Don Knobler, told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon that he made a comment about Patrick Beverley’s mother, but did not use a curse word. During the exchange, he claims he said Beverley’s a “dirty player” and “your mother.”
Earlier on in the game, Patrick Beverley knocked out Dennis Smith’s tooth while battling for the ball.
Patrick Beverley said the court side Mavs fan said “Fuck your mother” twice to him. He told the refs and Mavs security about it, but they didn’t intervene. So he felt a line was crossed and that was the appropriate response.
“Of course, I’m not praising me getting kicked out of a game. But I have morals, and I will stand for my morals, and family is important to me. And that’s one of the morals I stand for.”
The NBA fined Beverley $25,000 for the fan altercation and he could receive more punishments as a repeat offender.