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Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves along with Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers have been suspended two games each without pay because of a fight on Wednesday night in Philadelphia.
The league office, in announcing the suspensions on Thursday, said which Embiid along with Towns had received the punishment “for their roles in an on-court altercation along with for their continued escalation after the incident.”
The fight between Embiid along with Towns, in which they wrestled each additional to the floor, came with 6 minutes 42 seconds left from the third quarter of Philadelphia’s 117-95 win. The 76ers’ Ben Simmons, who appeared to hold Towns down on the floor after the initial skirmish, avoided punishment because the league deemed him a peacemaker from the conflict.
Embiid played to the crowd at Wells Fargo Center after he along with Towns were ejected. Later which night both players exchanged multiple barbs with vulgar language on Twitter along with Instagram, including Towns’s mocking Embiid for crying after the Sixers were eliminated through last season’s postseason along with Embiid’s taunting Towns by posting, “I OWN YOU.”
At 2:48 a.m. Eastern time on Thursday, Embiid tweeted which he was “done talking trash.”
Shortly after the suspensions were announced, Gersson Rosas, Minnesota’s president of basketball operations, released a statement: “While we are disappointed with the league’s decision, we understand the magnitude of This specific unfortunate incident. The N.B.A. is usually highly competitive along with last night was a reflection of which. We support Karl along with will move forward together as a group.”
ESPN reported earlier on Thursday which the Timberwolves had disputed the characterization of Simmons as a peacemaker, a description which Wednesday night’s lead referee, Mark Ayotte, used in a postgame interview using a pool reporter. Minnesota contended which Simmons had Towns locked in a “dangerous chokehold.”
Embiid will miss Saturday’s game in Portland along with Monday’s in Phoenix, losing $379,374 in salary. Towns will miss games on Saturday in Washington along with on Monday against Milwaukee, losing $376,345 in salary.