San Antonio Spurs player Patrick “Patty” Mills was subjected to racist slurs Sunday at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, according to a video circulating on social media.
Microphones captured a man taunting Mills as he attempted to shoot a free throw during an NBA game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.
A Twitter user asked whether she was the only one who heard the insults.
“Hey Jamaican dog, they want their bobsledder back,” a man can be heard yelling at Mills.
@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
Mills, who isn’t Jamaican, but a native Australian from the Torres Strait, responded on Twitter at the taunts directed at him.
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 Spurs defeated the Cavaliers 110-94.
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.