Los Angeles Lakers guard Patrick Beverley has been suspended three games for “forcefully shoving” Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton when the big man wasn’t looking and causing him to fall to the court in L.A.’s game against the Suns on Tuesday, the NBA announced on Thursday.

In the league’s statement, attributed to executive vice president and head of basketball operations Joe Dumars, the suspension was explained as being “based in part on Beverley’s history of unsportsmanlike acts.”

The suspension is without pay and will cost Beverley $268,965 in salary, per ESPN’s front-office insider Bobby Marks.

Beverley will miss the Lakers’ back-to-back road games against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday and Saturday and also their home game Monday against the Indiana Pacers.

Beverley was assessed a technical foul and ejected for charging into Ayton after Ayton was standing over Lakers swingman Austin Reaves, while Reaves was on the floor following a flagrant foul by Suns guard Devin Booker. The sequence occurred with 3:55 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 115-105 loss in Phoenix.

Following the game, Beverley said he was “for sure” concerned that the league would discipline him for his actions and added that he would accept the punishment that was meted out.

“Very unprofessional by myself. Definitely could have reacted in a different way,” he said. “So, yeah, I’m a big boy. I’ll take my lumps however they come.”

However, shortly before the suspension was announced on Thanksgiving afternoon, Beverley tweeted with a different tone.

Prior to Tuesday’s incident, in the 2021 Western Conference finals and with the Suns on the verge of beating the L.A. Clippers for a trip to the championship round, Beverley — then with the Clips — pushed Suns guard Chris Paul in the back.

Beverley is averaging 4.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 14 starts for the Lakers. He is shooting career lows from the field (26.6%) and the 3-point line (23.8%).

Source link

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Get notified of the best deals on our WordPress themes.

You May Also Like

‘The most hostile environment he’s probably ever going to be in’: Ben Simmons returns to Philadelphia

Ten days ago, the idea of Ben Simmons making his return to…

Nets’ Ben Simmons booed as Sixers spoil his Philadelphia return

PHILADELPHIA — Ben Simmons shrugged off the boos that rose out of…

NBA referee Bill Kennedy speaks out on ‘heinous’ Colorado shooting

NBA referee Bill Kennedy, who came out as gay in 2015, spoke…

NBA Power Rankings, Week 6: Luka and Steph can carry their teams only so high

Five weeks into the 2022-23 NBA season, the Utah Jazz still have…