- Rob Carr
- A fan heckled San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills with racial taunts during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland.
- Mills responded respectfully on Twitter afterwards.
- The fan in question has been banned from Cavaliers games indefinitely.
San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills was subjected to racial taunts from a fan during Sunday’s game at Cleveland, according to Benyam Kidane of Sporting News.
Mills was shooting a free throw during the fourth quarter when a fan yelled, “Hey Jamaican dog, they want their bobsledder back. Hey Mills, Jamaica just called, they want their bobsledder back!”
Update: The Cavaliers have identified the fan in question who made the comments and banned him from games indfefinitely, with a review to come in one year, according to reporter Dave McMenamin.
Mills later responded to these comments on Twitter after a user appeared to alert him to video of the comments, saying, “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.”
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
Mills was born and raised in Australia. His father is a Torres Straight Islander (the Torres Strait Islands are located between Australia and New Guinea) and his mother is an aboriginal Australian.
On a happier note for Mills, with this second three-pointer on Sunday he moved up to fourth all time in the Spurs’ record books for made three pointers, per Kidane. The Spurs would also go on to win the game, 110-94.