During the Clippers’ loss to the Mavericks on Sunday, Dallas fan Don Knobler insulted Patrick Beverley‘s mother – with profanity according to Beverley, without according to Knobler. Beverley said he asked referees and security to intervene, but they didn’t.
So, Beverley took matters into his own hands and threw the ball – relatively lightly, for what it’s worth – at Knobler.
That got Beverley ejected and now fined.
Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley has been fined $25,000 for throwing the game ball at a spectator, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
The incident, for which Beverley was assessed a technical foul and ejected, occurred with 9:10 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Clippers’ 114-110 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 2 at American Airlines Center.
Beverley didn’t seem surprised by his ejection, and I doubt the fine surprises him, either. Though at least somewhat clouded by the heat of the moment, the veteran likely knew what he was getting into and threw the ball anyway.
He shouldn’t have done that, but it’s at least understandable how he got to that point – and how the NBA got to this point. The fine is warranted.
But what’s the consequence for the fan? For the referees? For arena security?
This was a bad situation, and Beverley played only a part in it escalating. He shouldn’t be the only one facing repercussions.