It went like this: a Cleveland Cavaliers fan approached Dell Curry, father of NBA MVP Steph Curry and a former Cleveland Cavalier himself. The fan reached out as if to shake Dell’s hand, an act the senior Curry courteously responded to by extending his hand. Suddenly the fan withdrew his hand and tucked his face in the crook of his elbow, leaving Dell hanging. Curry got “dabbed on” in the parlance.
On the surface it’s an act of pure disrespect — Dell Curry didn’t initiate the action, after all. But there are two different schools when it comes to how the dab is seen by fans — and the difference says a lot about the NBA and maybe society at large. Here are four reactions from Facebook, two on each side:
Stupid disrespect side:
Sportswriter Jason McIntyre: “This is the most pathetic thing I saw off Game 7 – loser has his friend record him dabbing on Dell Curry after the Golden State Warriors loss.”
Fan Michael Ferguson: “Dude is lucky Dell didn’t ring his bell. I don’t know or care where this “dabbing” shit came from, but some little kid did it to me at the store and I wanted to throw him into the wall.”
Dell got punked ha ha, relax side:
Wanda Waleska Terry, ex-Navy: “Some of yall be taking these games to the heart, calm down. Stop being so sensitive and disrespectful. One of the problems we have with this generation today is too many boys and not enough men.
Fan Allen Thomas: “I absolutely cannot stop laughing at this, he played the hell out of dell curry and dell’s reaction is priceless. He looked like did he really just play me like that? Lmao.”
my friend dabbing on steph currys dad https://t.co/bBGBCbnpiN
— jen (@chilloutjen) June 20, 2016