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Patrick Beverley calls actions ‘unforgivable’; police open investigation

INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis police announced Wednesday that they have opened an investigation into an altercation between NBA players and civilians that took place at Gainbridge Fieldhouse the night Milwaukee Bucks guard Patrick Beverley threw a ball at a fan in the final minutes of a season-ending loss to the Indiana Pacers.

Police said in a news release that the case has been referred to detectives, “who are currently investigating this situation and are taking all allegations seriously.”

Detectives will present the case to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office at the conclusion of the investigation, the news release said.

Cameras showed Beverley sitting on the bench and throwing a ball into the stands, hitting a fan in the head with about 2.5 minutes left in Thursday’s game. After another fan threw the ball back to Beverley, who extended his arm for it, the Bucks guard shot it back to that spectator.

Beverley spoke about his behavior on an episode of “The Pat Bev Podcast” released Wednesday. He said he was called a word that had never been mentioned before, but added that his own actions were “still inexcusable.”

“I’ll be better,” he said. “I have to be better, and I will be better. That should never have happened. Whatever was said, that should never have happened. It’s that simple.”

Beverley added that the atmosphere in Indianapolis was “great”, aside from “a handful of fans” who crossed a line. The Pacers defeated the Bucks 120-98 and eliminated Milwaukee in six games in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

“I will be better. I have to be better, and I will be better. That should never have happened. Whatever was said, that should never have happened. It’s that simple.”

Patrick Beverley

“I don’t take basketballs to the bench anymore,” Beverley said. “That… threw off my whole feeling.”

After the match, Beverley did not allow ESPN journalist Malinda Adams to ask him a question in a group interview in the locker room. He said it was because she didn’t subscribe to his podcast. Beverley told her to move her microphone away from his face and eventually asked her to leave the interview circle.

On his podcast Wednesday, Beverley said he had asked that to reporters who interviewed him since he launched his podcast. Beverley said he told Adams that “it was never my intention to disrespect you.”

A day after the loss, Bucks coach Doc Rivers said Beverley’s behavior was “not the Milwaukee way or the Bucks way.”

“We’re better than that,” Rivers said. “Pat feels terrible about that. He also understands emotionally – this is an emotional game and things happen – unfortunately you are immediately judged and he lets the emotions get the best of him.”