NBA Suspends Patrick Beverley Four Games For Throwing Ball at Fan

The veteran guard will be suspended to start the 2024-25 season.
Apr 2, 2024; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Patrick Beverley (21)
Apr 2, 2024; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Patrick Beverley (21) / Reggie Hildred-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Beverley has been suspended for his actions during the Milwaukee Bucks' 120-98 loss to the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series.

The NBA announced Thursday that Beverley will be banned four games for throwing a basketball at spectators, and his interaction with a reporter after the game.

"Milwaukee Bucks guard Patrick Beverley has been suspended four games without pay for forcefully throwing a basketball multiple times at spectators and an inappropriate interaction with a reporter during media availability," the NBA's statement read.

Beverley got into a back-and-forth with a Pacers fan, who was taunting him late in the game that eliminated the Bucks from the playoffs. Eventually, the veteran guard got his hands on a ball, then threw it at the fan. His aim was off and instead hit a woman in the stands before collecting the ball and launching it at the male fan again. After the game, he refused to answer a question from a reporter when he found out she didn't subscribe to his podcast.

The 35-year-old took to his podcast this week to explain the situation and concluded, "I have to be better and I will be better."

Beverley is headed for free agency and will now miss the first four games of next season. He split time between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Bucks during the 2023-24 campaign. In 73 games (13 starts), Beverley averaged 6.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 0.6 steals in 20.0 minutes per contest.

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Ryan Phillips is a Senior Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. Ryan has worked in digital media since 2009, spending eight years at The Big Lead before joining the SI team in 2024. He also co-hosts The Assembly Call Podcast about Indiana Hoosiers basketball and previously worked at Bleacher Report. Ryan is a proud San Diego native and a graduate of Indiana University’s journalism school.