Anger flared between forward Trey Lyles and center Brook Lopez after the Sacramento Kings’ 133-124 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night. On Wednesday, the NBA issued a release Details of both his convictions.
Lyles will serve a one-game suspension when the Kings travel to play the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. Lopez was fined $25,000.
According to a league statement, things turned chaotic when “Lyles fouled and then pushed back Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo. Lopez escalated the situation by confronting Lyles. Lyles responded by punching Lopez in the face and knocking Lopez out.” Exacerbated the situation by holding it around the neck. Area.”
A brief summary of events leaves Antetokounmpo dribbling into Lyles’ path with 15.4 seconds left in the game and Milwaukee up by eight points.
Lopez was already angry before the brawl. Play stopped due to bleeding from his left eye There are five minutes left in the fourth quarter. He was seen abusing and shouting while going to the bench to get his injury treated. The play was certainly physical, but it is unclear which contact resulted in the cut. It took everyone, even media personnel, to separate López and Lyles once they began brawling.
Lyles was assessed two technical fouls and ejected after the chaos. López was assessed a technical foul and ejected.
After the game, Antetokounmpo said he did not know what happened. He also told reporters in the locker room that he had already promised to reimburse López for the mandatory fine, acknowledging that López was defending him.
Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer opted to call the late-game brawl between Trey Lyles and Brook Lopez simply “Unfortunate.”
Lyles has seen an expanded role off the bench in recent games and told reporters Monday night that Antetokounmpo pushed him over the edge.
“It was nothing personal,” he said. “But, a grown man walks in on me, I’m not really a talker. It takes me a long time to get out of character.”
Kings All-Star De’Oran Fox was blunt when asked about the incident. “Giannis could just dribble the ball, that’s all he had to do and nothing would happen,” he said. Said.
At No. 3 in the Western Conference, the Kings should make their first playoff appearance in 16 years. In that effort, the entire team is committed to demanding respect from opposing teams and even referees. Head coach Mike Brown exemplified this in December, when he was ejected from a win over the Toronto Raptors.
Brown did not comment on Monday’s altercation.
“We are not taking [expletive] to nobody. Trust me on that.” They said. “If you think we’re going to start something, we’re not. But we’re going to stand up for ourselves and each other.”