Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers has been fined for throwing a seat cushion into the stands during Wednesday night’s Kings game at Sleep Train Arena. That cushion hit a woman in the face, causing her eye irritation, according to the NBA.
A playback video released by the NBA shows Rivers tossing his seat cushion with a lot of force during the fourth quarter of the game, sending it directly into a fan’s face.
“She was having a pretty hard time with at least one of her eyes. It was red and she kept holding it,” said Sam Amick, an NBA Insider for USA Today Sports, who saw the incident. “Thirty to 40 minutes after it had happened, she was still sitting up there watching the game just kind of dealing with the eye situation.”
The NBA announced Thursday that Rivers, who is the son of Clippers Coach Doc Rivers, will be fined $25,000 for the incident. Meanwhile, Amick told FOX40 it doesn’t seem the throw was intentional, and he believes Rivers may have apologized to the fan afterward.
“The Clippers folks brought her back in the locker room after the game. It did seem like their ‘good will’ gesture of some sort,” Amick said.
That incident happened in the fourth quarter of last night’s Kings home opener against the Clippers. The Kings lost the game 111-104.
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