Report: Mavs superfan banned for season over Patrick Beverley incident
Don Knobler, the Dallas Mavericks superfan known for his outrageous attire and antics, reportedly has been banned from all team home games at American Airlines Center for the rest of the season, sources tell ESPN.
Knobler’s ban stems from an incident involving Los Angeles Clippers star Patrick Beverley during a Dec. 3 game. Beverley was ultimately ejected and fined $25,000 for bouncing a basketball at Knobler, who was seated on the baseline.
Patrick Beverley ejected for throwing ball at Don Knobler pic.twitter.com/YWtw3PnMme— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) December 3, 2018
After the game, Beverley accused Knobler of not only using profanity but also saying “F— your mother!” on two separate occasions.
“I told the referee, I told the security,” Beverley told reporters after the game. “I mean, I’ve never gotten ejected out of a game since I’ve been in the NBA. You know, I play hard, I play within the lines, of course. I play within the rules, of course. I’ve never been ejected in my career in the NBA, but I’m a grown man. I have morals. Of course, God is first, family is second for me, and I stand firmly behind that.
“I just, I can accept the ‘F— you, Beverley,’ the ‘F— you, Pat,’ but out of the lines of my mother, anybody who knows me, man, knows I’m a family-first guy, and there’s some things that are unacceptable. After I told the refs, I told security, the Dallas security, told both of them and again, he said it again. So if no one is going to control fans, what are we supposed to do as players?”
The Mavericks reportedly conducted an investigation that corroborated Beverley’s version of events. Further, sources indicate fans told the team that Knobler has been known to heckle opposing players in such a manner on other occasions.
Knobler has not attended a Mavs game since the incident. The Mavericks and Knobler have not responded to ESPN’s request for comment.
Interestingly, Beverley and the Clippers are in Dallas for a showdown with the Mavericks on Tuesday night.