According to cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon, Cavaliers security officials are determining if they can identify the fan that yelled at racial slur at Spurs guard Patty Mills during Sunday’s game at Quicken Loans Arena.
While he was shooting a free throw late in the game, a fan yelled “Hey Jamaican dog, they want their bobsledder back;” and, “Hey Mills, Jamaica just called, they want their bobsledder back.” Mills is black and has aboriginal roots in his native Australia.
A twitter user first pointed out the slur and Mills respond to it in a tweet sent out late Sunday:
@KingJames am I the only one who heard this guy in the crowd yell “hey Jamaican dog they want their bobsledder back! Hey @Patty_Mills Jamaica just called, they want their bobsledder back!” ♀️ #SundayFunday ??? @NBA pic.twitter.com/RvHdu88Gzd— Zandra Ashley (@thats_Z_Truth) February 25, 2018
Thanks @thats_Z_Truth. I am a proud Islander. Like my Jamaican Brothers, me & my family in the islands of the Torres Strait have experienced racial slurs for decades. Hope your efforts will enlighten this confused, hateful fan. #BlackHistoryMonth https://t.co/yH3nKlGv4A— Patrick Mills (@Patty_Mills) February 26, 2018
The footage from ABC does not clearly identify a culprit.
Among other rules, the NBA’s fan code of conduct states that “guests will enjoy the basketball experience free from disruptive behavior, including foul or abusive language or obscene gestures.” It also states that that fans “who choose not to adhere to these provisions will be subject to ejection without refund and revocation of season tickets.” If the fan is identified, the Cavs could elect to ban he or she from Quicken Loans Arena, as they have done in the past in other circumstances.