Lakers’ Patrick Beverley Suspended Three Games For Shoving Suns’ Deandre Ayton
Los Angeles Lakers guard Patrick Beverley was suspended three games without pay by the National Basketball Association, following the Lakers’ 115-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns. During the game, an altercation broke out in which Beverley shoved Suns center Deandre Ayton to the floor.
Matt Petersen from Deseret News Sports posted the video on social media. The video shows the events that led up to the shoving of Ayton by Beverley, which happened in the last four minutes of the 4th-quarter. The Lakers guard was subsequently ejected from the game.
According to a statement released by NBA’s Head of Operations Joe Dumars, Beverley’s suspension is based on the player’s history of “unsportsmanlike conduct”. As a result, Beverley will lose nearly $270,000 ($268, 965) in salary over the next three games. The last game Beverley will miss will be the home game against the Indiana Pacers.
When speaking with media, Beverley said he would not shy away from accepting punishment for his actions.
“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.”
Prior to the discipline being announced, Beverley tweeted “Hear they trying to give me the book” with a slap face emoji.
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