Stephen Curry says father-in-law threatened with arrest; NBA security cites mistaken identity

ByMarc J. Spears ESPN logo
Saturday, June 18, 2016

This story has been updated.

CLEVELAND -- Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry says his father-in-law "almost got arrested" when he was mistaken for another man Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

NBA security was on alert during Game 6 of the NBA Finals to look for a man they believed would enter the game without the proper credentials, an NBA official told The Undefeated. Quicken Loans Arena security officials checked the credentials of the father of Curry's wife, Ayesha, because they thought he looked like the man before determining they were mistaken, an NBA official said.

Ayesha Curry, however, tweeted after the Warriors' 115-101 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers that her father was racially profiled.

The man that NBA security was on alert for was identified by an NBA official to The Undefeated as David Aminzadeh. In an email to ESPN, Aminzadeh denied any accusations that he has ever entered any game without proper credentials, including this one. He said that he is the victim of a hoax that someone created and posted on Tumblr which he says falsely accused him of sneaking into sporting events.

An NBA official said that the man they were on alert for had previously been arrested at the 2015 NBA all-Star Game slam dunk contest in Brooklyn, New York. The NYPD confirmed that a man with the same name was arrested in Brooklyn on Feb. 14, 2015, but would not disclose what the arrest was for or its result.

Stephen Curry was briefed by an NBA official about the situation with his father-in-law after he spoke to media following Game 6.

"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," Curry told The Undefeated as he departed from 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."

Curry was ejected in the fourth quarter after he tossed his mouthpiece and it hit Andrew Forbes, son of Cavaliers minority owner Nate Forbes. The two-time NBA MVP apologized and shook Andrew Forbes' hand before departing the floor, and he said he had hoped to visit with Forbes after speaking to the media but was told he already had departed. Curry had 30 points and eight made 3-pointers in the loss, which pushed the NBA Finals to a deciding Game 7 on Sunday in Oakland, California.

Ayesha Curry tweeted after her husband's ejection that Game 6 was "absolutely rigged for money" or "ratings" and she wouldn't be silent. She later deleted the tweet, saying it was posted "in the heat of the moment."

She also used social media Thursday to complain about how the bus carrying the Warriors' friends and family was delayed before Game 6. She implied it was a tactic being used by the Cavs, which a team source denied.

She later tweeted that she arrived at 9 p.m. ET, which was when the game was scheduled to tip off.

Team sources told ESPN that the bus was delayed because of congestion in the Cavs' underground parking garage thanks to the volume of usage just before the game.

Part of this delay was because of the arrival of Beyonce and Jay Z, and the Warriors' party was unable to make it into the arena for the start of the game, a Golden State source told ESPN.

Ayesha Curry also had previously questioned Cavaliers forward LeBron James for statements he made in regard to Warriors forward Draymond Green being suspended for Game 5, and the referees.

"When it comes to Twitter and all that, everybody says stuff where you get caught in the moment," Stephen Curry told The Undefeated. "After a while, you kind of stand and calm down. Things might not be as you thought. ... I don't fault her from showing some emotion on Twitter."

ESPN's Brian Windhorst contributed to this report.

This story was updated with additional information regarding a man NBA officials said their security was on alert for Thursday.