NBA fines Patrick Beverley for confronting son of Thunder minority owner

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Rockets guard <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/4647/" data-ylk="slk:Patrick Beverley">Patrick Beverley</a> discusses a call with official Tom Washington during Game 3 against the Thunder on Friday. (AP)
Rockets guard Patrick Beverley discusses a call with official Tom Washington during Game 3 against the Thunder on Friday. (AP)

The NBA fined Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley $25,000 for “confronting a fan” at Chesapeake Energy Arena after the final buzzer of a 115-113 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3 of their opening-round series on Friday night.

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Beverley addressed the confrontation with reporters prior to Sunday’s Game 4 against the Thunder:





“This isn’t the first incident I’ve had with OKC,” he said. “I had a ball boy tell me he was going to kill me. What type of league — what is this?”

The league was investigating the incident over the weekend, according to multiple reports.


From Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

In one postgame video, Beverley is seen exchanging words with a fan under the basket for about 10-15 seconds, as some other fans yell at him before security and team personnel arrive and Beverley leaves the court.

Whenever an incident occurs, the league reviews footage from the arena and television broadcasts to determine if the player went into the stands before determining if any discipline is appropriate, sources said. Beverley also will be interviewed.

According to Fred Katz of the Norman, Okla., Transcript, that fan was Stuart Scaramucci, the son of Thunder minority owner Jay Scaramucci.

A spokesman for the Thunder’s home arena said they intended to cooperate fully with the NBA:


Thunder-focused blog Thunder Digest shared a snippet of video on Saturday afternoon that it claims shows some of the alleged confrontation:


ESPN posted a brief video snippet, too, showing that Beverley fell into the stands underneath the basket along the baseline following a drive earlier in the game, after which the fan said something to him that clearly appeared to agitate Beverley. He restrained himself, though … until heading back over to the area after the game.

Beverley offered only a brief comment on the matter during the media portion of the Rockets’ Saturday workout:


One potentially interesting wrinkle, via the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen:


After performing well in the Rockets’ two series-opening wins back in Houston, Beverley struggled in Game 3 on Friday. He scored just one point while missing all six of his field-goal attempts, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing two assists against three turnovers before fouling out in 25 minutes, and struggled to contain Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook, who turned in his second straight triple-double of the series in the win.

After Friday’s loss, the Rockets still hold a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 tips at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

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