It was supposed to be a night that would honor Hall of Famer Chris Mullin's contributions to the Golden State Warriors by retiring his jersey. Instead, it turned into a sellout crowd booing their owner for five long and awkward minutes.
At halftime of Monday night's game between the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves, there was a ceremony that retired Chris Mullin's jersey. After speeches and presentations by former players and coaches, Warriors' owner Joe Lacob was called up to say a few words.
Lacob didn't even speak before a charade of boos rang out inside sold-out Oracle Arena. He waited for several painful seconds, like a school teacher waiting for students to be quiet. He eventually started his speech but was interrupted by a loud chorus of boos once again. The boos turned into cheers as Chris Mullin himself stood up to provide some support.
"Sometimes change is inevitable, and everything will work out just fine. Just a little bit of patience," Mullin said to the crowd.
However, as Mullin handed the stage back to Lacob, the boos started again. This time, Hall of Famer Rick Barry took the microphone and chastised the crowd.
"Show this man the respect he deserves," Barry said. He went on to call it "classless," before handing the stage back to Lacob once again.
This time, Lacob finished his speech without interruption. He presented Mullin and his family with a week's vacation in Hawaii, and Mullin's jersey was retired amongst the Warrior legends.
However, it was a night that was spoiled by the disrespect the Warriors' fans showed toward their owner Joe Lacob.