The relationship between fans and players has been a major talking point this postseason. Both Draymond Green and Kyrie Irving have been fined for giving street fans the middle finger in those playoffs alone, and now Chris Paul is dealing with a somewhat similar situation.
A fan in Dallas was kicked out of Game 4 of their second-round series between Paul’s Phoenix Suns and the Mavericks, and when he was led out, Paul could be seen on video telling him, “I’ll see you later.” It’s too early for the league to issue a disciplinary sanction at the moment and it’s unclear if they will.
Although at the moment it was not clear why Paul was so upset, Dave McMenamin did his best to explain it after the game. He reported that a Dallas fan grabbed Paul’s mother and his wife was also pushed. Paul’s children were also in attendance and, according to McMenamin’s source, “they felt very insecure”. Paul echoed those sentiments on twitter after the game. “I want to punish players for saying things to fans but fans can put their hands on our families…fuck it!!” Paulus wrote.
Paul is the past president of the NBA Player’s Association, although his term has now ended. Exactly how the league and union might resolve these issues is unclear, but recent seasons have seen a number of high-profile incidents of fan misconduct. A fan in Boston threw a water bottle at Irving in the 2021 postseason. Others have been accused of making racist remarks towards players. It has become one of the biggest problems in all of basketball, and while fans get kicked out for it, players often face disciplinary action for simply responding. Paul is clearly frustrated by this state of affairs and if the league doesn’t give players room to react, they need to do a better job of preventing these incidents from ever happening.
https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/suns-chris-pauls-wife-mother-were-pushed-by-mavericks-fans-during-game-4-per-report/ Chris Paul’s wife and Suns’ mother were pushed by Mavericks fans in Game 4, according to the report