Then, Ayesha Curry explained her frustration:
NBA security was on alert during Game 6 of the NBA Finals to find David Aminzadeh, who previously has sneaked in to countless major sporting events, an NBA official told The Undefeated. Quicken Loans Arena security checked the credentials of the father of Curry’s wife, Ayesha, because they thought he looked like Aminzadeh, before determining they were mistaken, an NBA official said.
“I was just kind of debriefed on what the security thought happened with some guy that poses with fake credentials and gets backstage at a lot of events, the NBA Finals and all that stuff,” Curry told The Undefeated as he departed from the arena. “They kind of profiled my father-in-law and thought he was him. They threatened to arrest him before they checked out his credentials. It’s kind of been an emotional and tough night all the way around.
“That was kind of a traumatic situation where her [Ayesha’s] dad almost got arrested. So it was kind of a tough situation to deal with in a hostile environment. All in all, it’s just a game. I hope that everybody is all right.”
You can see more photos of Aminzadeh here.
Is there enough resemblance where I could believe a police officer made an honest and reasonable mistake? Yes.
Might that police officer also have been racially profiling – or targeting family of a visiting player? Also yes.
I’d also like to hear more about the “tried to arrest him” part. That seems like quite the escalation for a situation where police had the wrong man. It’s also possible Ayesha’s perception of events doesn’t match the police’s honest perception.
It’s always interesting the number of people who rush to side with one party or another in these situations. We’re missing a lot of information. I’m sure not making any judgments based on what I know.