Mills subject of racial taunt by fan during Sunday's game in Cleveland

Arena microphones picked up man calling Spurs guard 'Jamaican dog'

Spurs guard Patty Mills had a racial slur hurled at him by a spectator late in Sunday's game against the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, the Sporting News, and other media outlets have reported.

Courtside microphones picked up the voice of a man shouting at Mills, who was at the free-throw line with 2:29 left in San Antonio's 110-94 victory.

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“Hey, Jamaican dog," the man yelled. "They want their bobsledder back. Hey Mills, Jamaica just called; they want their bobsledder back.”

Mills, who was born in Canberra, Australia, responded to the taunts via Twitter when a Twitter user sent him a video of the incident.


Mills referred to the man who taunted him as a "confused, hateful fan."

Mills' parents are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

"I am a proud Islander," Mills tweeted. "Like my Jamaican Brothers, me and my family in the islands of the Torres Strait have experienced racial slurs for decades. Hope your efforts will enlighten this confused, hateful fan."


Mills, 29, played two seasons with Portland before signing with the Spurs as a free agent in March 2012. He was a key player on the San Antonio team that won the 2014 NBA championship.

Mills started his second consecutive game Sunday, subbing for Danny Green, who missed Friday's loss in Denver with food poisoning. Green was good to go Sunday, but coach Gregg Popovich opted to keep Mills in the starting lineup. The move paid big dividends.

Mills scored 11 points on 3-of-9 shooting, including 2-of-6 from beyond the arc. His second three-pointer was the 657th of his career with San Antonio, moving him past Matt Bonner for No. 4 on the franchise's list for threes made. Mills, who played 35 minutes, also finished with five assists, two rebounds, and one steal.

Green finished with 22 points and nailed 5 of 9 three-pointers. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 27 points.

The Silver and Black snapped a four-game skid with their victory over LeBron James and the Cavs. The game was the last of the team's annual Rodeo Road Trip.

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San Antonio (36-25) plays New Orleans on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.