Patrick Beverley Shares Statement After Making Excuse for Throwing Ball at Pacers Fans

Bucks' Patrick Beverley lost his cool and threw a ball at a fan on Thursday night.
Bucks' Patrick Beverley lost his cool and threw a ball at a fan on Thursday night. /

It was a rough night for Patrick Beverley and the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Indiana Pacers took care of business at home, defeating the Bucks 120-98 in Game 6 to advance to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Pacers fans behind the Bucks' bench exchanged words with Beverley during the game, and it was clear that Beverley's frustrations had boiled over. Beverley tossed a ball at a Pacers fan in the stands, who then lobbed it back in his direction. Beverley then took the ball and threw it with force back at the fan before being restrained by his teammates.

Beverley didn't address the altercation with the fans in his postgame media availability, but he continued his antics by asking an ESPN producer to stop interviewing him because she didn't subscribe to his podcast.

As for the run-in with the Pacers fans, Beverley gave an excuse for his behavior in a social media post after the game, before issuing a half-hearted apology.

It's fair to assume that Beverley will be hearing from the league office, both for refusing an interview (which he's obligated to give per the CBA) and throwing the ball at Pacers fans in the stands.

Not a great night for Beverley or the Bucks, who will now move into the offseason with plenty of questions.


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