BREAKING NEWS: Lakers star Patrick Beverley is SUSPENDED for three games for shoving Suns’ Deandre Ayton from behind… as NBA doles out punishment ‘based on his record of unsportsmanlike acts’
Los Angeles Lakers star Patrick Beverley has received a three-game suspension without pay by the NBA after he shoved Suns opponent Deandre Ayton onto the court Tuesday night.
The guard was ejected by officials for the incident, but has now received a more severe punishment and will miss the next two games against the San Antonio Spurs, as well as the visit of the Indiana Pacers on Monday.
In a statement, the NBA said the severity of the penalty, which will also include Beverley not being paid, was decided in part because of his “record of unsportsmanlike acts.”
Patrick Beverley has been suspended for three games after shoving Deandre Ayton on Tuesday
Beverley was ejected from the game after the incident in Phoenix on Tuesday night.
The NBA said his punishment was decided in part because of his record of ‘unsportsmanlike acts’
The incident occurred late in the fourth quarter and with the Lakers trailing the Suns 96-106 in Phoenix.
After Ayton tackled the Lakers’ Austin Reeves, Beverley reached out and forcefully shoved her opponent, who then fell on top of Reeves and fell to the ground.
It caused an ugly melee between various members of both sides and ended with Beverley being banned from the game.
Following the loss, Lakers coach Darvin Ham was asked about the incident, to which he replied: ‘It’s an emotional sport. I’m not mad at him [Beverley]. He is protecting the teammate from him. The teams need to know that they can’t just push us.’
Russell Westbrook, Dennis Schroder and Kendrick Nunn are all expected to see more court time in Beverley’s absence before he’s eligible to return on Nov. 30 against the Trail Blazers.
Ayton had to be restrained by security when the melee turned ugly during the Lakers-Suns game
Beverley will miss the next games of the Lakers against the Spurs (x2) and the Pacers