OKLAHOMA CITY — The NBA is investigating a situation where Houston guard Patrick Beverley approached a fan following Game 3 of the Rockets’ first-round playoff series against Oklahoma City, league sources told the Transcript.
Beverley declined to comment on the situation.
“The Rockets are taking care of the situation,” he told reporters Saturday afternoon. “I’ll talk after the investigation is done.”
Beverley walked up to Stuart Scaramucci, who was seated on the baseline next to the Rockets’ bench, following OKC’s 115-113 win Friday night. Video recorded and reported by ESPN shows the two exchanging words after the game. It also shows a separate incident from earlier in the game, when Beverley slid into the crowd after getting fouled, arriving just below Scaramucci’s feet. After Scaramucci said something, Beverley pointed at him until Rockets big man Nene came over.
Scaramucci is the son if Thunder minority owner Jay Scaramucci. He was sitting in his father's seats at the time of the incident.
The NBA’s investigation includes but is not limited to review of broadcast video and interviews of people relevant to the incident. It will decide on if discipline is necessary form there.
Chesapeake Energy Arena Director of Marketing Tim Linville released an official statement at 12:37 p.m. Saturday.
“The Facility is aware of an incident occurring immediately following last night’s game and will cooperate with the NBA in any way we can,” it read. “As of this time, we have not received any requests for information or video from the NBA.”
You can watch video of the incident on ESPN here.