As Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors prepare to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals, lots of rumors continue to circulate.
It all started a couple days ago when Game 6 turned out to be a complete disaster for the Warriors, but unfortunately, Stephen Curry and his family faced problems on and off the basketball court. In addition to losing the game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Stephen Curry’s family faced a number of personal issues that also contributed to the daunting night.
First, Ayesha’s father was mistaken for a man named David Aminzadeh, who has been identified as a con artist who often shows up at major sporting events, according to Yahoo! News. As Stephen Curry left the area he spoke briefly about the disheartening confrontation his father-in-law had with security personnel at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
“I was just kind of debriefed on what the security thought happened with some guy that poses with fake credentials and gets backstage at a lot of events, the NBA Finals and all that stuff,” Stephen Curry told The Undefeated as he left the arena. “They kind of profiled my father-in-law and thought he was him. They threatened to arrest him before they checked out his credentials. It’s kind of been an emotional and tough night all the way around.
“That was kind of a traumatic situation where her [Ayesha’s] dad almost got arrested. So it was kind of a tough situation to deal with in a hostile environment. All in all, it’s just a game. I hope that everybody is all right.”
Then, Ayesha took to Twitter to voice her frustration about the series of events that unfolded. But, she didn’t stop with the mistreatment of her father. She also voiced her frustrations about Stephen Curry’s loss and made a statement about the NBA, accusing league officials of rigging games for the purpose of ratings.
“I’ve lost all respect sorry this is absolutely rigged for money….,” Ayesha tweeted. “Or ratings in [sic] not sure which. I won’t be silent. Just saw it live sry.”
Her tweet sparked a media firestorm that received a flood of mixed opinions. While some have agreed with Ayesha and her support of her husband, others felt her straightforward nature was disrespectful to Stephen Curry and could potentially be a hindrance to his career.
Stephen A. Smith also came under fire after he ridiculed Ayesha for tweeting. When Stephen Curry was asked about his wife’s tweeting, the two-time MVP insisted nothing would distract him from the game. He also quipped about shutting off his wife’s WiFi, according to CNET. Stephen Curry’s seemingly comical statement has caught the attention of several news outlets.
“There is nothing really that’s going to distract me from what’s happening on the court,” Stephen said. “Yeah, I get asked about it, and what’s between me and Ayesha is…the conversations about what happened, that’s going to be handled.”
“I might have to cut the Wi-Fi off at my house, though,” Stephen quipped.
But, could Ayesha be on to something? Is the NBA really rigged or did Stephen Curry and the Warriors just hit some roadblocks? Many die-hard Golden State fans find it quite difficult to believe the Cleveland Cavaliers could really come back after such a blowout series to tie it all up at the last minute. Stephen Curry’s last couple games have been unlike any others this season. After winning 73 out 82 games, the Warriors have been falling flat for the past two games.
Could Stephen A. Smith be right about the drama taking a toll on Steph’s game? Although Stephen Curry has kept a cool head, for the most part, there are some other aspects to consider about the possibility of the games being rigged. According to ESPN, conspiracy theorists have even voiced similar concerns in the past.
Was it just a coincidence or the perfect opportunity to capitalize on one of the biggest American sporting events that happened to fall on the most masculine holiday of the year? Wouldn’t a final NBA championship game scheduled on Father’s Day be an excellent push for great ratings?
It would seem like the perfect flow of events would rule in the favor of the league, but it all could just be a coincidence. At this point, no one really knows what goes on behind closed doors. Regardless of what some fans may believe, everyone will have to wait for the outcome to see what happens tonight.
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