Believe it or not, Patrick Beverley’s ejection on Sunday night was the first of his career. And it didn’t happen when he knocked a tooth out of the mouth of Dennis Smith Jr during a loose ball scramble in the third quarter, it happened early in the fourth when he threw the ball at Dallas Mavs superfan Don Knobler.
According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahan, the flamboyant-looking season-ticket holder said he called Beverley “dirty” and replied, “Your mother,” during an exchange with the player many have called dirty in the past.
As expected, Beverley had a different story and defended his actions after the Clippers loss.
“I told the referee, I told the security,” Beverley told reporters. “I mean, I’ve never gotten ejected out of a game since I’ve been in the NBA. You know, I play hard, I play within the lines, of course. I play within the rules, of course. I’ve never been ejected in my career in the NBA, but I’m a grown man. I have morals. Of course, God is first, family is second for me, and I stand firmly behind that.
“I just, I can accept the ‘Fuck you, Beverley,’ the ‘Fuck you, Pat,’ but out of the lines of my mother, anybody who knows me, man, knows I’m a family-first guy, and there’s some things that are unacceptable. After I told the refs, I told security, the Dallas security, told both of them and again, he said it again. So if no one going to control fans, what are we supposed to do as players?”
OKC fans might remember Beverley having a similar postgame speech after his exchange with a heckling fan (the son of one of the Thunder’s minority owners) back in the 2017 NBA Playoffs.
“My thoughts about the fine is exactly this,” Beverley said prior to Game 4 against the Thunder. “If the NBA won’t help protect players in situations with fans, I’m OK with the hazing, I’m OK with the boos, I’m OK with the other fans rooting for their team. But I’m not OK with them doing disrespect while I’m on the ground after a foul and a fan yelling out to me: ‘Fuck you, Patrick Beverley! Fuck you, Patrick Beverley! Fuck you, Patrick Beverley!’ and waving a clapper in my face.
“I’m not comfortable with that. So if the NBA won’t protect the players in that manner, I feel the need as a man, as a grown man who has children, who has morals, to stand up for the right thing. I have to protect myself.
That exchange led to him getting hit with a $25,000 fine by the league. Considering his history with Russell Westbrook, the people of OKC were probably pretty happy on Sunday to see Beverley finally get kicked out of a game.
Back to Dennis Smith Jr, the high-flying sophomore came up big in the final seconds with a pair free throws after a clutch block on Tobias Harris that led to the birth of a new Luka Doncic meme.
While Beverley was complaining about how ugly fans can act during games, Smith was talking about looking “pretty as a girl” for his fans.
“Whenever there’s cameras, then it’s going to social media. Whenever it’s social media, then there’s ladies lookin’. When there’s ladies lookin’, I gotta be lookin’ nice.
“I’m still pretty as a girl. I’m still pretty, so I’m good.”
And how was his tooth back in place during the postgame interview?
“It’s magic, it’s magic. You know, my dad used to hang with Dr. Strange. He do magic and all that.”
Well, Smith was born with an extra ligament in his knee and has the ability to fly so maybe he’s telling the truth about his father.
Dennis Smith Jr. found a temporary fix for his broken tooth to talk to the media after the Mavs’ win. "Whenever there’s cameras, then it’s going to social media. Whenever it’s social media, then there’s ladies lookin’. When there’s ladies lookin’, I gotta be lookin’ nice." pic.twitter.com/FJqkGWttgx
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) December 3, 2018
"I'm still pretty as a girl." – Dennis Smith Jr after getting a tooth knocked out by Patrick Beverley. pic.twitter.com/10DFjGaVxl
— David Astramskas (@redapples) December 3, 2018