The NBA has issued a penalty for an altercation between Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons players on Wednesday night. In total, 11 players were suspended: two Pistons players and nine players from Orlando. the league announced Thursday night.
Pistons guard Killian Hayes received the heaviest punishment, a three-game suspension without pay, while Orlando center Moe Wagner received a two-game suspension without pay and Hamidou Diallo received a one-game suspension without pay. In addition, eight Magic players were suspended for one game for leaving the bench during the altercation. Those players are Cole Anthony, RJ Hampton, Gary Harris, Kevon Harris, Franz Wagner, Admiral Schofield, Wendell Carter Jr. and Mo Bamba. The suspensions for those eight Orlando players will be spread over the team’s next two games.
The incident happened just before halftime between Detroit and Orlando. With just over 30 seconds left, Hayes and Wagner were chasing a loose ball in the backfield. As the ball was about to go out of bounds, Wagner shoved Hayes in the back, sending the Pistons guard rolling to the bench. Diallo ran in and shoved Wagner in the back, then Hayes came out and punched Wagner in the back of the head.
A massive brawl broke out involving players and coaches from both teams, as well as referees and security staff. Fortunately, the incident didn’t go completely overboard, despite the fact that players on the Magic bench ran the length of the floor to mix it up.
You can see the development of events below.
Wagner, Hayes and Diallo were all ejected for their roles in the situation. At the time, Pistons head coach Dwane Casey was upset that the Magic didn’t get more players off the bench.
“My understanding of the rules is when you come off the bench and get fired up, words are said, their players and coaches say things that don’t defuse the situation,” Casey said. “The official, to his credit, said he didn’t hear that. Okay, I understand that. But so they don’t take anyone out, I have to go back and get an explanation. My understanding is when you leave the bench and sit down like this fight, that’s when bad things start, really bad things start. It could have been worse. I didn’t feel like they were de-escalating the situation.”