Perhaps the best thing about the Dallas-Denver playoff series is that it can’t possibly go beyond seven games.
In addition to the acrimony between Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Kenyon Martin’s mother, the fiancee of Carmelo Anthony has now jumped into the fray, releasing a statement accusing Dallas fans of being racist. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/AP)
“Obviously, the playoffs bring out the best and the worst in fans, but what happened on Monday night with the racial slurs/threats, verbal attacks on my son and physical attacks to myself by irate fans was unacceptable. The fans were totally out of control.”
Some Mavericks fans have told the Dallas Morning News that Vazquez was the one at fault.
Nuggets VP Rex Chapman, however, was at the game and told the Denver Post that, “Short of a game I saw in Belgrade a couple of years ago where they were throwing chairs and setting off flares, it was about as dangerous a venue as I’ve been in.”
Added Chapman: “It’s not fair to our players who have to sit there and worry about their families, friends, girlfriends and wives being, for lack of a better term, assaulted, verbally. It was really bad in there.”
On the bright side, emotions may not run as high when Game 5 is played in Denver tonight, because Cuban isn’t expected to be in attendance. He’s scheduled to accept an advertising award in Las Vegas.