Two stars of the NBA – centres Joel Embiid and Karl Anthony-Towns – have been suspended by the NBA for two games without pay for their roles in an ugly brawl during Wednesday’s contest between the Philadelphia 76ers and the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves.
The brawl occurred with the 76ers up 20 with a little 6 minutes remaining in the third quarter. The two briefly wrestled, before coaches and other players intervened to pull them apart.
The ill-feeling then spilled over in to a series of Instagram / Twitter posts late on Wednesday night, with Embiid seeming to taunt Towns before the Timberwolves’ centre clapped back with some taunts of his own.
76ers point guard Ben Simmons, who was also heavily involved in the on-floor incident, was apparently deemed by the NBA to be a “peacemaker”,a nd was not suspended for his role.
Embiid’s suspension will begin serving his suspension on Saturday as the 76ers take to the road for a game with the Portland Trail Blazers, while Towns’ will also begin on Saturday with Minnesota’s game in Washington against the Wizards.