The last 48 hours or so in the NBA world have been unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. While NBA, NBPA, and all parties involved released a statement on Friday afternoon agreeing to resume the NBA Playoffs on Saturday one story involving Clippers’ guard Patrick Beverley has caught a lot of attention.
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, things got heated between Beverley and the executive directors of the players’ union, Michele Roberts during a meeting as all involved were trying to get on the same page with all of the moving pieces involved.
While she was going over the numbers, Clippers guard Patrick Beverley abruptly interrupted her, saying he disagreed with her logic, sources said. Roberts kindly reiterated that these were potential losses the players would suffer, and Beverley interrupted again.
Roberts asked politely if she could continue with her point, and Beverley responded, “No, I pay your salary,” sources said.
Roberts is the first woman to ever head a professional sports union in the United States. To say the alleged story is a bad look for Beverley is an understatement, but according to some of his teammates, the incident didn’t even happen.
Amir Coffey and Ivica Zubac jumped on Twitter to defend Beverley.
I don’t know who leaks this stuff, but Pat never said anything like this… 🤦🏻♂️ https://t.co/HYyUuugekL
— Ivica Zubac (@ivicazubac) August 28, 2020
Beverley was asked about the meeting during a media session on Friday. Instead of saying that the incident didn’t actually happen, he described it as an “interesting conversation” and that everyone in the NBA is like a family and “you don’t always agree with your family members.”