As Mills was shooting free throws in the last few minutes of the game, one Cavaliers fan went way past the normal boos. Although there was plenty of noise inside the Quicken Loans Arena, microphones managed to still pick up a man yelling: "Hey Jamaican dog, they want their bobsledder back."
Just to be clear, Mills isn't even from Jamaica. On social media, Mills shares his pride in being Aboriginal and a Torres Strait Islander (near Australia). Exhibit A:
@KingJames am I the only one who heard this guy in the crowd yell “hey Jamaican dog they want their bobsledder back! Hey @Patty_Mills Jamaica just called, they want their bobsledder back!” 😳😠🙅🏾♀️ #SundayFunday ??? @NBA pic.twitter.com/RvHdu88Gzd— Zandra Ashley (@thats_Z_Truth) February 25, 2018
After a Twitter user tagged Mills and Cavaliers star LeBron James in the video from Sunday's game, the Spurs star responded to the video.
Other Twitter users condemned the fan and expressed support and admiration of Mills.
Thanks @thats_Z_Truth. I am a proud Islander. Like my Jamaican Brothers, me & my family in the islands of the Torres Strait have experienced racial slurs for decades. Hope your efforts will enlighten this confused, hateful fan. #BlackHistoryMonth https://t.co/yH3nKlGv4A— Patrick Mills (@Patty_Mills) February 26, 2018
As a die hard #Cavs fan, this is totally inexcusable. That fan should be banned from the arena for life!! I'm not a #Spurs fan, but as an individual player, Patty Mills has always been a class act & has conducted himself that way. The #Spurs run an impeccable organization.— Chester Johnson jr. (@chesterjohnsonj) February 26, 2018
Here’s a thing about @Patty_Mills ... we had traveled all the way from Tasmania recently to see him play. He gave us a wave and the first thing the security guy said standing next to us: we love Patty in this city, most generous, lovely guy. You Aussies should be proud of him.— David Bartlett (@Bartlett_DJ) February 26, 2018
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You are a true champion Patty and do your culture proud. I am sure many of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island kids look up to you. Keep Strong 🇦🇺💪— Kezzac (@kazbah19) February 26, 2018