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Timberwolves G Malik Beasley suspended 12 games for assault rifle incident

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The NBA suspended Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley 12 games for an offseason incident involving an assault rifle and drug possession arrest, the league announced Thursday.

The suspension is effective immediately, starting with the Timberwolves' game against the Washington Wizards on Saturday.

Beasley was arrested in October after he allegedly threatened a family with an assault rifle after their car came to a stop in front of his house during a parade of homes tour, telling them to "get the f*** off" his property. Once the family drove away, multiple 911 calls led to a visit from local police, who allegedly found the rifle as well as nearly two pounds of marijuana.

Police also reportedly seized surveillance footage of the incident. Beasley and his wife, Montana Yao, were both arrested and charged, Beasley with fifth-degree drug possession and felony threats of violence and Yao with fifth-degree drug possession.

Malik Beasley's offseason incidents

The incident was just one part of an eventful offseason for Beasley, who had been arrested but not charged a month earlier over allegations of marijuana possession and receiving and concealing stolen weapons.

Yao, who has a child with Beasley, also filed for divorce that December, and later claimed he had cheated on her with Larsa Pippen, ex-wife of NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, and kicked her out. Pippen has claimed she only met Beasley after he and Yao had separated.

Beasley eventually pleaded guilty to the threats of violence charge and was sentenced to 120 days in a corrections facility once the season is over. Now, Beasley is also being penalized by the league with a suspension that should keep him out through March 26.

Meanwhile, Beasley re-signed with Minnesota on a four-year, $60 million deal. He is currently averaging 20.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for the 7-26 Timberwolves.

Malik Beasley with the ball in his hands during a game.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley will miss the next 12 games after the NBA issued a suspension for his offseason incident. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

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