Suns Chris’s wife and mother were pushed by Mavericks fans during the fourth game, according to the report

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The relationship between fans and players has been a major point of discussion this postseason. Both Draymond Green and Kyrie Irving have been penalized for giving their middle finger to road fans just in this playoff, and now Chris Paul is dealing with a somewhat similar situation.

A Dallas fan was kicked out of the 4th game of their series in the second round between Paul’s Phoenix Suns and the Mavericks, and while he was being seen off, Paul was seen in a video telling him “See you later”. It is too early for the league to have any discipline at the moment, and it is not clear whether it will do so.

Although it was not clear at this point why Paul was so upset, Dave McMenamin did his best to explain it after the match. He reported that a Dallas fan put his hands on Paul’s mother and that his wife was also pushed. Paul’s children were also present, and according to McMenamin’s source, “they felt very insecure.” Paul repeated those feelings on Twitter after the match. “I want to punish the players for saying things to the fans, but the fans can put their hands on our families … fuck it !!” wrote Paul.

Paul is a former president of the NBA Players Association, although his term is now over. How exactly the league and union could solve these problems is unclear, but the last few seasons have seen a series of high-profile incidents of fan misconduct. A Boston fan threw a bottle of water at Irving in the 2021 postseason. Others have been accused of racist speech against players. This has become one of the bigger problems in all of basketball, and while fans are kicked out for it, players often face discipline because of mere response. Paul is obviously frustrated by this state of affairs, and if the league doesn’t want to give players room to respond, it needs to work better to prevent these incidents from ever happening.

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