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Lakers’ Patrick Beverley Ejected For Shoving Suns’ Deandre Ayton



Lakers' Patrick Beverley Ejected For Shoving Suns' Deandre Ayton

(CTN NEWS) – During the Suns’ win over the Lakers on Tuesday night, Lakers guard Patrick Beverley and Suns center Deandre Ayton got into an on-court altercation that resulted in both players receiving technical fouls and Beverley being ejected.

Immediately following a foul by Devin Booker on Austin Reaves that was ultimately ruled a Flagrant 1, Ayton grabbed the ball and stood over Reaves.

After Beverley shoved Ayton from behind, there was a brief skirmish between Lakers and Suns players.

Lakers' Patrick Beverley Ejected For Shoving Suns' Deandre Ayton

Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker, left, shoots a three pointer against Los Angeles Lakers’ Austin Reaves, #15, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Phoenix, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022.

ESPN’s Dave McMenamin writes that Beverley explained that he was looking out for his backcourt partner after the game.

“A person is on the ground, two people are mean-mugging each other and puffing their chests out, and the referees don’t do anything about it so that I will stand up for my teammate,” Beverley said.

“… unfortunately, it happened on national television. You know me: I’m a big fan of protecting my teammates regardless of what’s happening. … I’m a foxhole guy. I put on the jersey and commit to a team, a city, and it’s my motto.”

Reaves told Beverley “four or five times” that he appreciated him after the game, as did head coach Darvin Ham and several teammates.

Beverley will likely face NBA discipline for the incident, but Ham wasn’t upset about his point guard’s reaction.

“Pat Bev, you don’t just want to be a tough man; you want to be a tough basketball player. I’m not mad at him,” Ham told McMenamin. “He’s protecting his teammate, and I’m sure he’ll face some consequences.”

In any case, Beverley may face a fine of up to $50K for his actions. According to’s Chris Mannix and ESPN’s Bobby Marks, a one-game suspension isn’t out of the question, given Beverley’s on-court history.

At the postgame media session, Suns head coach Monty Williams told reporters that “the league needs to take a closer look at those kinds of plays,”

Calling them “silly” and “unnecessary,” Booker alluded Beverley’s reputation after the game to TNT’s Chris Haynes.

“Pat needs to stop pushing people in the back,” Booker said “Push them hard in the chest.”. That’s all I have to say.”

Since neither the Lakers nor the Suns are back in action until Friday, the NBA may decide to take its time to determine what penalty might be appropriate for Beverley and possibly other players involved.

The Lakers guard did not regret standing up for Ayton but said he could have approached him differently and is bracing for some repercussions from the league.

“Very unprofessional on my part. Definitely could have reacted differently,” Beverley said, according to McMenamin. “Yeah, I’m a big boy.” Whatever comes my way, I’ll take it.”

The Suns’ Charles Barkley joked that Beverley was in line for a smackdown after this behind-the-back shove joined others from earlier in Beverley’s career against the Suns.

Such as when he shoved Chris Paul from behind during the 2021 playoffs.


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