San Antonio Spurs main man Kawhi Leonard was crocked in the first game of the Western Conference finals against Golden State and once fan has shown his anger by taking it to court
GOLDEN STATE WARRIOR’S and their center Zaza Pachulia sensationally being sued by a San Antonio Spurs fan, for injuring one of their star players Kawhi Leonard.
The incident happened during game one of the Western Conference finals, Pachulia and Leonard clashed, leaving the Spurs forward in a heap, clutching his ankle.
Leonard, who hit 28 points and eight rebounds in the 111-113 loss, missed game two’s defeat, and is a major doubt for the third on Saturday in San Antonio.
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The plaintiff incredibly claims the Georgian’s actions “devastated the quality of the Spurs’ chances of being competitive” and diminished “the value of the tickets purchased by plaintiff subsequent to their purchase.”
The plaintiffs lawyer Alfonso Kennard Jr wants this sort of behaviour on the court to be stopped, and demands the courts send a clear message.
He told San Antonio Express News:”All we are asking from the court is that this type of behaviour, that can and does cause serious injury to our team and those that love it, not be allowed in San Antonio.”
The lawsuit, which was filed in Bexar County district court in Texas and names Juan Vasquez and a local memorabilia store as co-plaintiffs.
They claim Pachulia, 33, acted “without excuse or justification, intentionally and maliciously invaded the landing zone of an opposing athlete, Kawhi Leonard.”
Pachulia has defended himself saying:”My approach to this game for 14 years that I’ve been in the league is to play hard and [give] 100 percent of whatever I have.
“So I don’t agree with the calls that I’m a dirty player. I’m not a dirty player. I love this game, and I’m playing hard. That’s what I was taught since day one.”
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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich argued that Pachulia’s play was “dangerous” and “unsportsmanlike.”
However, the NBA ruled the former Dallas Maverick, won’t face any discipline after the incident, and will be available to play in Game three on Saturday.
The plaintiffs’ demands in the lawsuit also include damages no greater than $73,000 (£56,000).
Golden State lead 2-0 in the Western Conference final, and in the Eastern Conference LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are one up against the Boston Celtics.