Day of NBA anarchy costs $700k, leads to suspensions, and a lifetime ban

Day of NBA anarchy costs 0k, leads to suspensions, and a lifetime ban
Fri 15th March 2019

The NBA has fined Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook $25,000 ($AUD35,000) for the language he directed toward a fan in Utah, while the Jazz have banned the fan from all events at their arena permanently and effective immediately.

Westbrook says the fan made racial comments toward him during the Jazz-Thunder game on Tuesday (AEDT). The NBA and the Jazz both investigated the matter and released decisions Wednesday.

The Jazz say that the fan was banned for “excessive and derogatory verbal abuse” during the game.


Meanwhile, the NBA has suspended Toronto’s Serge Ibaka for three games and Cleveland’s Marquese Chriss for one game for their involvement in an on-court fight on Tuesday (AEDT).

Chriss will sit out Cleveland’s game Wednesday in Philadelphia. Ibaka will miss Toronto’s games against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, at Detroit on Monday and against New York on Tuesday.

The NBA says Ibaka drew the stiffer penalty for several reasons. The league found he was the instigator and threw a punch at Chriss. The league also cited his history of fighting during games. Chriss’ suspension was for throwing a punch at Ibaka.

The suspensions are without pay. Ibaka will lose about $448,000 ($AUD632,000) and Chriss about $22,000 ($AUD31,000).


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