The Dallas Mavericks have finally decided to ban two fans from the American Airlines Center until next year after attempting to give "unwanted hugs" to Chris Paul's family during Game 4 of the Mavericks and Phoenix Suns series.
Part of the incident was captured on video and shared on social media by a Mavericks fan. According to NBC DFW, the fan Barry McCary said that he heard Chris Paul's father speaking to the player saying someone touched his mother. Barry didn't realize what was happening, so he took out his phone.
Fox 4 reports the Mavericks initially announced it was investigating the incident and later provided a statement on Monday saying American Airlines Center and Dallas Mavericks security and executives have wrapped their investigation and reported that once the fans were identified AAC security swiftly ejected the fans from the game.
The AAC was back to full capacity on Monday for a Dallas Stars playoff game. McCary told NBC DFW that he will be back for Game 6 for a possible Mavericks series win, free of fan-induced drama. Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams has said that the NBA should consider setting up a special section reserved for families of visiting teams, whether that be a section, suite, or something similar.
After the game, Paul did not speak to the media. This is not the first incident to involve fans and players or their families. Suns forward Cam Johnson told NBC DFW, that a similar situation had happened in Milwaukee last season involving his girlfriend.