While Steph Curry tried some public venting on court last night as his Golden State Warriors were getting waxed in the NBA Finals, his wife Ayesha tried some out online. But her Twitter conspiracy theorizing about the purportedly rigged NBA was soon followed by some emotional context: she was frustrated because “Police racial profiled my father and tried to remove his credentials and tried to arrest him.”
NBA security were in fact looking for David Aminzadeh, a man known to crash sports events. (He’s no stranger to the NBA, having previously been arrested at the 2015 All-Star Game’s dunk contest in Brooklyn, New York.) “Quicken Loans Arena security officials checked the credentials of the father of Curry’s wife, Ayesha, because they thought he looked like Aminzadeh, before determining they were mistaken,” reports ESPN, citing an NBA official.
This Tumblr account, which refers to Aminzadeh as a “Con Artist,” as well as a “Sports field Crasher, Fake Credential Maker, Troubled Human,” appears to detail his many uninvited forays onto the field. Here’s a photo of him:
And here’s Ayesha Curry’s father, with his granddaughter Riley:
Neither NBA nor stadium security found Aminzadeh at the event, an NBA official told ESPN, but a Facebook profile under his name recently shared this photo of Beyonce and Jay Z—who attended Game 6—apparently taken in some area of Cleveland’s arena.
In a post-game comment to The Undefeated, Steph described the security check as “kind of a traumatic situation where her [Ayesha’s] dad almost got arrested,” and said she might have gotten “caught in the moment.” Ayesha later deleted her tweet accusing the NBA of rigging games and apologized, attributing it to the “heat of the moment.”
That moment, though its origins may have been unfortunate, was entertaining to behold. As one Twitter user memorably put it: