Young fan brought to tears by postgame encounter with Chris Paul
There has been no shortage of drama and controversy of late surrounding the outbreak of negative and volatile interactions between NBA stars and the small segment of fans who conduct themselves in an unacceptable manner at games. What occurred between Houston Rockets star Chris Paul and a young fan on Tuesday night shows it’s not all doom and gloom in that regard.
Following the Rockets’ 121-105 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at Phillips Arena, Paul enjoyed a sweet moment with an obviously huge fan, as evidenced by how the youngster was left emotionally overwhelmed by the encounter.
The young boy was in tears as Paul signed a pair of sneakers and later added his autograph to the kid’s CP3 jersey. Paul allowed the young fan to come underneath the rope to have a hug before the superstar gave him a nice pat on the head to close out the heartwarming moment.
.@CP3 definitely made this little Rockets fan’s night (MortgageMamba/Instagram) pic.twitter.com/BlEQjXxofu— ESPN (@espn) March 20, 2019
The issue presently plaguing the league related to unfortunate player-fan exchanges at arenas was on full display recently when a confrontation between Russell Westbrook and a Utah Jazz fan was captured on video. The incident resulted in Westbrook being fined by the NBA and the fan being banned for life from Vivint Smart Home Arena by the Jazz organization.
Despite the troubling presence of such instances described above, the scene that played out Tuesday night between Paul and a very appreciative young fan provides a welcome counterbalance to said ugliness. It shows that for the most part, interactions between players and fans are positive and rewarding for all involved parties.