CLEVELAND, Ohio – It’s a meltdown that stunned fans.
The usually calm Steph Curry was ejected after he was called for his sixth foul in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In the span of a few seconds, Curry argues with the referee and throws his mouthpiece into the crowd, hitting the son of one of the Cavaliers’ minority owners, ESPN reports.
“I’ve thrown my mouthpiece before. I usually aim at the scorer’s table. I was off aim. Definitely didn’t mean to throw it at a fan,” Curry said. “That was obviously not where I was trying to take my frustration out.”
Curry later apologized to the fan.
Golden State lost 115-101, bringing about a Game 7 in Oakland.
While the series is set to continue, it is not without drama.
On Friday morning, the NBA announced that Curry and Golden State head coach Steve Kerr were hit with $25,000 fines.
Curry was given a fine for throwing his mouth guard into the crowd, but will not be suspended.
Steve Kerr is also facing a fine for calling out an official by name after his team’s loss.
“He’s the MVP of the league. He gets six fouls called on him; three of them were absolutely ridiculous,” Kerr said. “He steals the ball from Kyrie clean at one point. LeBron flops on the last one. [Referee] Jason Phillips falls for that, for a flop. As the MVP of the league, we’re talking about these touch fouls in the NBA Finals.”
Kerr said that while Cleveland deserved to win the game, the fouls should never have been called.
“Those three of the six fouls were incredibly inappropriate calls for anybody, much less the MVP of the league,” he said.
However, the drama continued to play out on social media, featuring Steph Curry’s wife, Ayesha.
“I’ve lost all respect sorry this is absolutely rigged for money… Or ratings in not sure which. I won’t be silent. Just saw it live sry,” Ayesha Curry tweeted following the game.
She later deleted the tweet, saying it had been a “long night.”
The Cavaliers trailed the series 3-1 before winning two straight games and forcing a Game 7.
Game 7 will tip off at 7 p.m. on Sunday.