Trevor Ariza and Salah Mejri got beef.
During Tuesday night’s game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets, Ariza became incensed at Mejri for allegedly making derogatory comments about his wife and children. Ariza picked up two technical fouls (in a game that featured eight in total, plus two flagrant fouls) in the process of saying some (probably NSFW) comments back, but that didn’t defuse the situation.
After the game, Ariza and several of his teammates tried to wait outside the Mavericks locker room to confront Maejri.
According to a source, Mejri made a derogatory comment to Ariza about Ariza’s wife and children between the third and fourth quarters.
Ariza became so upset that he exchanged words with Mejri, which prompted the referees to give Ariza a technical, his second of the game, leading to an ejection.
After the game, Ariza dressed and walked toward the Dallas locker room, accompanied by two security guards. As Ariza and several Houston teammates — including Patrick Beverley, James Harden, and Eric Gordon — waited for Mejri, Dallas police officers already outside the locker room as part of their regular detail monitored the situation to make sure it did not escalate.
Mejri flat out denied he had said anything about Ariza’s family, but that didn’t stop the Rockets from calling him out after the game.
“I don’t know what they were on tonight,” Harden told Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle. “That other team was trippin’. Just disrespectful.”
What we experienced today as a team. Was the upmost disrespect. And total disrespect to Us and the GAME OF BASKETBALL…Still got the W tho
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) December 28, 2016
The Rockets would win easily, 123-107.