Chris Paul reached out to Austin Rivers to refute a report that suggested part of the reason why he wanted to leave the Los Angeles Clippers was due to the favoritism Rivers was perceived as receiving from his father Doc Rivers.
After Paul texted, Austin Rivers called him to discuss it further.
“I called Chris and was like, ‘Chris, what’s going on?’’” Austin Rivers said. “Chris is like, ‘This is the biggest bull(expletive) I’ve ever seen in my life.’ Chris was just like, ‘This is a joke.’ So I asked him, I’m like, ‘You don’t need to come out and say nothing publicly, I don’t need you to do that. It’s just going to make it even more, now they’re going to drag it out two more days. I’ll take it. I don’t care. I’ve been dealing with this (dynamic) since I was six (years old). I really don’t even care.’”
Paul and Rivers spoke for approximately 40 minutes.
“What do I have to do with someone else’s move?” Austin Rivers asked. “Chris wanted to move because he’d been (with the Clippers) for a while. He’s had great years there, but he wanted something new. A lot of players want that. It’s really that simple.”