Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal was expecting a suspension come Sunday for his part in Friday’s scuffle with Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green.
But when it came time for the NBA to hand down its punishments, Beal’s name wasn’t on the suspension list. Neither was Green or Wizards guard Kelly Oubre Jr.
The three players were instead fined: Beal for $50,000, Green for $25,000 and Oubre for $15,000. Beal was fined was “initiating the incident,” Green was fined for “confronting Beal, failing to disengage,” and Oubre was fined for “aggressively entering the altercation,” per the NBA.
The only suspensions the NBA announced were one-game suspensions to the Wizards’ Carrick Felix and Markieff Morris for leaving the bench during an altercation. Morris is already out due to being in recovery from hernia surgery, so he will serve his suspension whenever he is eligible to play. Felix has yet to appear in a game and is not in the Wizards’ regular rotation.
Here is a video of the altercation:
Draymond Green and Bradley Beal fight to the ground in the 2nd quarter pic.twitter.com/AEucXIeS8I
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) October 28, 2017
No suspensions mean Beal and Oubre are both available to play Sunday night as the Wizards take on the Sacramento Kings. Green will also be available to play Sunday against the Detroit Pistons.
Both Beal and Green were ejected from Friday’s game for their role in the fight.
“I’m expecting a suspension,” Beal told Candace Buckner of The Washington Post Saturday afternoon. “Because of our NBA and the entire situation of it. When you look at film, they’re going to think I purposely tried to hit [Green] in the face. The way it looks, they’re going to interpret it that way. So, I’m expecting it.”
With Oubre not being suspended and given a lighter fine that both Green and Beal, it is suffice to say the NBA did not believe Oubre threw punches Friday night — unlike viewers at home.
Oubre, who was not given a technical or ejected from the game like Green and Beal for his part in the fight, appeared to throwing punches as he made his way into the scuffle, namely striking teammate John Wall and the Warriors’ Klay Thompson.
After the game, Oubre maintained there were no punches thrown toward Thompson. Thompson told ESPN Oubre apologized and Thompson described it as a “graze to my face.”