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San Antonio Spurs: Cavaliers looking into racial taunts at Patty Mills

By Rob Wolkenbrod
OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs dribbles the ball against the Golden State Warriors during an NBA basketball game at ORACLE Arena on February 10, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs dribbles the ball against the Golden State Warriors during an NBA basketball game at ORACLE Arena on February 10, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills was subjected to racial taunts during Sunday’s game vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers.

On Sunday, the San Antonio Spurs ended their Rodeo Road Trip at the Quicken Loans Arena, with a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, 110-94. This ended a four-game skid, before the team returns home for most of March.

However, during this game, Spurs point guard Patty Mills was subjected to a racially insensitive taunt from fans in attendance, according to ESPN.com. The alleged comments were “Hey Jamaica called…”

Mills, after seeing a video of it on Twitter, spoke out. He said, “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.”

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 Cavaliers told ESPN they are investigating the matter.

It’s unfortunate for anything like this to happen, especially with the movements to end racially profiled mindsets and for more inclusion in America. So, whoever these fans were that made these racially insensitive taunts, hopefully they face the proper justice that’s determined by the Cavaliers’ investigation.

This situation comes after NBA players, including LeBron James, called out Fox News host Laura Ingraham “shut up and dribble” comments as “racist.” This was the subject of All-Star weekend and brought about responses from across the league, including Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.

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Hopefully there’s nothing that follows this incident with Mills and the Cavs fans, other than what Cleveland determines from its investigation. We will let you know if anything develops.

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