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Patrick Beverley: NBA player calls his actions ‘inexcusable’ as Indianapolis police open investigation into fan incident

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Beverley dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers in a playoff game this month.


Milwaukee Bucks guard Patrick Beverley called his actions “inexcusable” after an incident in the final minutes of a playoff game last week led to the 35-year-old throwing a ball at a spectator.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) told CNN in a statement Wednesday that it has opened an investigation into an incident involving an “NBA player and civilian” at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on May 2, the night of the Bucks’ season-ending loss against the Indiana Pacers.

With just over two minutes left in Game 6 of the series, Beverley, who was on the bench, threw a ball into the stands and appeared to hit a spectator in the head.

The police statement said that “officers completed an initial case report” at the time of the incident and forwarded it to IMPD detectives, who are “currently investigating this situation and are taking all allegations seriously.”

The police statement added that detectives are working with the arena to “review video footage and plan to speak with the involved parties.”

The press release added: “Detectives will present the case to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office at the conclusion of the investigation.”

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Beverly shoots during the series against the Pacers.

CNN reached out to the NBA and Bucks for comment but did not immediately hear back.

Beverley spoke about the incident on his podcast ‘The Pat Bev Podcast’ on Wednesday. He said he was called a word he had never been before, but added it was an “unfortunate situation that should never have happened.”

“I’ve been called a lot in this league,” Beverley added. “That’s not what I was called…Still unforgivable. It doesn’t matter what was said. I have to be better and I will get better.”

It is unclear what the spectator might have said to Beverley.

Beverley added that he didn’t want to take away from the Indiana fans, who he said were “great,” but that some “took it a little too far.”

A day after the loss, Bucks head coach Doc Rivers called Beverley’s actions “not the Milwaukee way or the Bucks way.”

Rivers added: “We are better than that. Pat (Beverley) feels terrible about that. He also understands emotionally – this is an emotional game and things happen – unfortunately you are immediately judged and he let the emotions get the best of him.

The Bucks then lost 120-98, eliminating them from the NBA Playoffs.

Beverley, who just completed his 12th year in the league, was traded to the Bucks from the Philadelphia 76ers in February and is averaging 6.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists this season. He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this season.