Austin Rivers threw a seat cushion in the stands during the final quarter of the game between Los Angeles Clippers and Sacramento Kings. He has been fined $25,000 by the league for this act on Thursday.
An agitated Clippers guard threw a cushion in the stands that hit a fan on Wednesday night. Rivers later revealed that he apologized to the fan.
“The pillow was light and it just flew into the air backwards. I didn’t really look when it went into the crowd”, said Rivers in the Clippers’ locker room after his team defeated Dallas Mavericks on Thursday. “I actually stood up for a second and I was like, ‘I apologize. I didn’t mean to do that.”
The league confirmed that the cushion hit a woman in the Sleep Train Arena. The woman complained about discomfort in her eyes.
Rivers also justified; “I tried to tell the NBA that, This has never happened before with me. I don’t have a history of throwing things. It’s unfortunate, but you just learn your lesson not to take your anger out on anything. I told the NBA that I apologize and that it will never happen again.”
Rivers had three points in sixteen minutes.