The viral video of Suns point player Chris Paul ranting at Mavericks fans he accused of shoving his mother and wife has been quickly resolved.
The Mavericks stated in a statement on Monday that two fans tried to deliver “unwanted hugs” to members of Paul’s family and had been banned from the American Airlines Center for more than a year and a half.
“Two unruly fans attempted to give unwanted hugs and have conversations with members of the Paul family on the public concourse of the American Airlines Center,” the Mavericks said in a statement. “AAC security responded immediately once notified by the family and the fans were swiftly ejected from the game. The fans involved in the incident will not be allowed to return to the arena until 2023.”
Following the event, an outraged Paul tweeted, “Wanna fine players for saying stuff to the fans but the fans can put they hands on our families….f–k that!!”
Statistically, it appears that there have been more incidences of disruptive supporters since the return of spectators to stadiums amid the pandemic, whether it be fighting in the stands, conflicts with athletes, or even animal rights demonstrators sticking themselves to the court.