Australian NBA player Patty Mills was subjected to racist taunts during game in Cleveland

  • A fan heckled San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills with racial taunts during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland. 
  • Mills responded respectfully on Twitter afterwards. 


San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills was subjected to racial taunts from a fan during Sunday's game at Cleveland, according to Benyam Kidane of Sporting News

Mills was shooting a free throw during the fourth quarter when a fan yelled, "Hey Jamaican dog, they want their bobsledder back. Hey Mills, Jamaica just called, they want their bobsledder back!"

Mills later responded to these comments on Twitter after a user appeared to alert him to video of the comments, saying, "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."

Mills was born and raised in Australia. His father is a Torres Straight Islander (the Torres Strait Islands are located between Australia and New Guinea) and his mother is an aboriginal Australian. 

On a happier note for Mills, with this second three-pointer on Sunday he moved up to fourth all time in the Spurs' record books for made three pointers, per Kidane. The Spurs would also go on to win the game, 110-94. 

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PORTLAND, OR - JANUARY 7 : Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on prior to the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on January 7, 2018 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nov 5, 2017; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs point guard Patty Mills (8) shoots the ball as Phoenix Suns center Tyson Chandler (4) looks on during the second half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
May 11, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills (8) celebrates after a play during the second quarter against the Houston Rockets in game six of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
May 14, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) high fives guard Patty Mills (8) after a play against the Golden State Warriors during the second quarter in game one of the Western conference finals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
May 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2) has words with San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills (8) in the second half in game three of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. San Antonio won 103-92. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 8: Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the Sacramento Kings on January 8, 2018 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs warms up before the game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 17, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Matteo Marchi/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO,TX - JANUARY 21 : Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs gets congratulations from Patty Mills #8 during game against the Indiana Pacers at AT&T Center on January 21, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that , by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO,TX - JANUARY 21 : Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs is congratulated after hitting a basket during game against the Indiana Pacers at AT&T Center on January 21, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that , by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - JANUARY 30: Tony Parker #9 and Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the Denver Nuggets on January 30, 2018 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
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