The Phoenix Suns‘ 115-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night was marred by an altercation between teams after Lakers guard Patrick Beverley shoved Suns center Deandre Ayton to the floor:
PAT BEVERLEY KNOCKS DOWN AYTON FOR TAUNTING AUSTIN REAVES pic.twitter.com/R0G44gQnc4
— LakeShowYo (@LakeShowYo) November 23, 2022
“Pat Beverley knocks down Ayton for taunting Austin Reaves,” a Lakers fan account tweeted.
The NBA announced Beverley’s punishment Thursday:
The NBA has suspended Lakers guard Patrick Beverley for three games.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 24, 2022
“The NBA has suspended Lakers guard Patrick Beverley for three games,” NBA insider Shams Charania tweeted.
Beverley forecasted bad news for himself an hour before the suspension came down:
Hear they trying to give me the book 🤦🏾♂️
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) November 24, 2022
“Hear they [are] trying to give me the book,” Beverley tweeted. The guard will miss roughly $269,000 of wages during the suspension.
The NBA world was quick to react to the news:
— JustAnAvgGuy (@NoBody60300755) November 24, 2022
“Patrick Beverley is a Cheap Shot Coward & Punk,” one fan wrote. “He has a history of cheap shots & a 3-day suspension is not enough! Beverly is a disgrace to the Lakers and the NBA He should be forced into anger counseling & put on notice next time it will be a permeant suspension!”
Patrick Beverley (#Lakers )
Suspension = $268,966 in salary (3 games)
Fine = up to $50K
Let's just say total cost = $319K
Annual salary (Yr 1) = $13,000,000
Remainder = $12,681,000
I think he'll be okay even if they quadrupled the finehttps://t.co/jQNmxz7xwF
— RevBruceJ (@RevBruceJ1) November 24, 2022
“I think he’ll be okay even if they quadrupled the fine,” another fan wrote.
— Overrated (@Ooover_rated) November 24, 2022
“Y gotta stop with the childish antics,” one fan wrote about Beverley. “It should be 5+ games cuz you’re a repeat multiple time offender. What part of leadership is that?”
That was a bush league move by Lakers guard Patrick Beverley on Phoenix center Deandre Ayton. The NBA handed Beverley a three-game suspension because of his actions. Running up and pushing someone in the back is not good sportsmanship. #NBA pic.twitter.com/eMLUjDCSq9
— Dennis J. Freeman (@DennisJFreeman) November 24, 2022
“That was a bush league move by Lakers guard Patrick Beverley on Phoenix center Deandre Ayton,” one fan wrote.
The stupidest thing about Patrick Beverley pushing Ayton is that he could have seriously hurt Austin Reeves who he supposedly was sticking up for. It's about @patbev21 enjoying being a villain and needing to exercise his ego violently, not about sticking up for his team.
— Travis (@tooomuchtravis) November 24, 2022
“The stupidest thing about Patrick Beverley pushing Ayton is that he could have seriously hurt Austin Reeves who he supposedly was sticking up for,” another fan wrote.
Beverley can return to action Nov. 30th against the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Lakers are next in action Friday when they travel to Texas to face the San Antonio Spurs.