The meeting in which the NBA players decided to continue the season involved a heated moment between Patrick Beverley of the Los Angeles Clippers and Michele Roberts, the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association.
Michele Roberts, the executive director of the players union, asked to have the floor to speak about the financial ramifications of leaving Orlando.
While she was going over the numbers, Clippers guard Patrick Beverley abruptly interrupted her, saying he disagreed with her logic, sources said. Roberts kindly reiterated that these were potential losses the players would suffer, and Beverley interrupted again.
Roberts asked politely if she could continue with her point, and Beverley responded, “No, I pay your salary,” sources said.
This caused an uproar with Paul, Haslem and others, who intervened and told Beverley that disrespect would not be tolerated, sources said.