Lakers’ Patrick Beverley suspended three games for shoving Suns’ Deandre Ayton
Los Angeles Lakers guard Patrick Beverley has been suspended three games by the NBA for shoving Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton in the back, knocking him to the ground in Tuesday’s game in Phoenix.
Beverley was assessed a technical foul and ejected from the game.
The NBA made the announcement Thursday afternoon, saying that Beverley will begin serving his suspension without pay on November 25th when the Lakers face the San Antonio Spurs .
LAKERS’ PATRICK BEVERLEY EJECTED FOR SHOVING SUNS’ DEANDRE AYTON: 'I’M GOING TO STAND UP FOR MY TEAMMATE’The incident occurred in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s game when Suns guard Devin Booker committed a foul on Austin Reaves of the Lakers that was later deemed a flagrant-1.
Ayton appeared to stand over Reaves, which was when Beverley put a shoulder into Ayton’s back, sending him to the floor.
CHARLES BARKLEY REVEALS HE HASN’T SPOKE TO MICHAEL JORDAN IN ‘ALMOST 10 YEARS’ OVER CRITICAL REMARK"I'm not going for that s---.
But you know me: Regardless of what's going on, I'm a big fan of protecting my teammates.
I put on the jersey, and I commit to a team, I commit to a city, and it's kind of my motto.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMLakers head coach Darvin Ham defended Beverley after the game, saying that Beverley was defending his teammate.
"From what I saw Ayton was standing there ready to walk over (Reaves)," Ham said.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe Lakers have played the last five games without star LeBron James who is recovering from an adductor strain.
James is expected to return Friday against the San Antonio Spurs.