By Dominick Fils-Aime | November 26, 2016
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal channelled his inner Latrell Sprewell Friday during a match with the Orlando Magic. During the fourth quarter of the game, Wizards swingman Kelly Oubre Jr. and Magic center Bismack Biyombo engaged in a scuffle of sorts, prompting Bradley to come over and “break things up”.
Initially, it appeared the former Florida standout functioned to break up the skirmish. The guards benevolent motivations quickly turned malignant as he could be seen aggressively wrapping his hands around Magic guard Evan Fournier’s neck. Ultimately, it appeared that Beal was intentionally attempting to choke the French guard out. In fact, a handprint could be visibly observed around Fournier’s throat.
Despite a thorough review of the brewhaha by NBA officials, no participants were ejected from the game. Instead, Fournier, Beal, Oubre Jr. and Biyombo were all handed out technical fouls for their involvement in the altercation.
The Washington Wizards would ultimately edge the Magic 94-91, but the shoving match may have gotten into Beal’s head, as he was unable to register another point over the final 7:39 of the contest, missing his only shot attempt from the field. The 23 year old did however register 14 points and 8 assist however.
It’s safe to say the former 3rd overall pick will be hearing from the league office after further review. The sharp shooter will most likely be subject to a hefty fine or even a suspension for his actions. This isn’t the 60s, 70s, and 80s where fighting was as much a fixture of the game as taking free throws.