Reports: League Investigating Incident Between Patrick Beverley and Fan
By Ben Casey
Patrick Beverley got into an argument with a fan after the Houston Rockets’ game three loss to OKC, and the NBA is investigating the incident.
During game three between the Houston Rockets and OKC Thunder, Patrick Beverley drove the lane and was fouled on a layup attempt. The contact sent to the ground, right at the feet of Stuart Scaramucci, son of a Thunder owner. Stuart said something that Pat didn’t like, and things escalated until Nene came over to pull his teammate away from the situation.
Video of Patrick Beverley and OKC fan getting into it… https://t.co/Qq3Ts6fBRB #NBA
— All Ball (@allballapp) April 22, 2017
As soon as the final buzzer sounded, Beverley returned to where Scaramucci was sitting to confront him about what happened earlier. Now, according to multiple reports, the NBA is investigating the interaction to decide if discipline is necessary.
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If the league does decide to punish Beverley for his actions, a fine would be much preferred for Rockets fans. As Houston’s best perimeter defender, he’ll need to be active to help stop Russell Westbrook on Sunday afternoon.
Otherwise, the Rockets could lose game four and head back to Houston with the series tied at 2-2. The difference in how a 3-1 lead feels compared to a 2-2 knot is massive, making game four a crucial one for the Rockets.
Reporters asked Patrick Beverley for a comment on the incident, but he wisely declined until a decision is made by the league.
Pat Beverley says he'll comment after NBA completes investigation.Sources confirm NBA looking into incident involving fan & Pat after game 3 pic.twitter.com/9KYnReOxzA
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) April 22, 2017
It would be surprising if the league handed out a suspension for such a seemingly small incident, especially one that took place after the game ended. Crazier things have happened, though, so Rockets fans should keep their fingers crossed.
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Game four tips off tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 CT, so hopefully Pat will be ready to go. Even if he’s a few thousand dollars poorer than before, he’ll be happy to get to play.