CLEVELAND – As if fouling out, launching into a tirade and being ejected in a loss weren’t bad enough, Stephen Curry was hit with even more unwanted news after Game 6 of the NBA Finals Thursday night.
The father of his wife, Ayesha, was detained by security at Quicken Loans Arena, prompting Ayesha Curry to tweet that her father was a victim of racial profiling.
“Police racial profiled my father and told him to remove his credentials and tried to arrest him,” Ayesha Curry tweeted.
Meeting with NBA officials immediately after his postgame interview session in the wake of a 115-101 loss to the Cavaliers, Stephen Curry was informed that his father-in-law was detained because he bore a resemblance to David Aminzadeh, a con artist known to fabricate credentials for major sporting events.
"I was just kind of debriefed on what the security thought happened with some guy that poses with fake credentials and gets backstage at a lot of events, the NBA Finals and all that stuff," Curry told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. "They kind of profiled my father-in-law and thought he was him. They threatened to arrest him before they checked out his credentials. It's kind of been an emotional and tough night all the way around.”
Curry said incident, which eventually was cleared up, was a “traumatic situation” for his wife.
It was that kind night – for Stephen and Ayesha Curry.
Upon her husband’s ejection with 4:22 left in the fourth quarter, Ayesha Curry sent out a tweet that she had “lost respect” for the NBA and that The Finals are “absolutely rigged for money. . . Or ratings.”
Ayesha Curry deleted that tweet shortly afterward, explaining that she “tweeted in the heat of the moment because the call was uncalled for.”
She also tweeted, prior to the game, that Warriors family members, for an extended period, were not allowed to leave the bus that took them to the arena.
“When it comes to Twitter and all that, everybody says stuff where you get caught in the moment," Stephen Curry told Spears. "After a while, you kind of stand and calm down. Things might not be as you thought . . . I don't fault her from showing some emotion on Twitter.”
Stephen Curry scored 30 points in 35 minutes before fouling out for the first time since December 2013. He threw his mouthpiece upon fouling out and was whistled for a technical foul and an ejection for the first time in his NBA career.