Patrick Beverley Fined $25,000 After Fan Confrontation
By Kelly Iko
Prior to game four, Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley received word from the NBA of a $25,000 fine for an incident with a fan during game three.
The NBA officially announced the disciplinary action for the Houston Rockets’ best defender around noon Sunday, with NBA Executive VP of Basketball Operations Kiki VanDeWeghe bringing the end to the league investigation.
During the first half of Friday’s game, Patrick Beverley can be seen falling down after an attempted layup and landed at the feet of the fan. In the video, it’s not clear as to what the fan said but there was an obvious exchange.
As Beverley got up, he complained to Scott Foster, the main referee about the actions of the fan. There was another confrontation after the game as Beverley exchanged words with the fan. From what I can tell, it didn’t look to be conversation about the weather or the recent elections.
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What makes things interesting is who the mystery fan actually is. The investigation found out that the fan in question is Stuart Scaramucci, the son of Oklahoma City Thunder minority owner Jay Scaramucci. It’s not a good look for the Thunder for to have Scaramucci get into it with a Beverley, but Pat ended up with the fine.
When asked for a statement regarding the whole ordeal, Patrick Beverley did not hold back in his honest assessment of the situation.
#Rockets guard Patrick Beverley reacts to the Game 3 incident and being fined $25k by the NBA. pic.twitter.com/RbKlgKWzNq
— Daniel Gotera (@DTGoteraKHOU) April 23, 2017
The Houston Rockets are surely just glad the incident didn’t result in a suspension. Bev is Houston’s best chance at containing Russell Westbrook, and they’ll need him ready to go to be able to close out the series.
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At the time of writing, the Rockets are losing to the Thunder in game four. The series once looked like an easy sweep for Houston, but it’s not as competitive as ever. Yeah, we’re thankful it was just a fine for Patrick Beverley.