Dennis Schroder has been suspended one game by the Atlanta Hawks after returning late from the All-Star break.
Schroder told reporters Friday that he returned to his native Germany for the break but did not have a visa on his new passport. Schroder needed to go to Berlin to obtain a new one, causing him to miss Atlanta's practices Wednesday and Thursday.
"I replaced my passport and didn't realize that I had to put my new visa in there," he said, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "The Hawks organization and the NBA tried to get me as soon as possible a meeting with the consulate. We didn't make it in time. I'm sorry for me, my teammates and the organization."
The Hawks apparently were not satisfied with Schroder's explanation for his late return.
"Dennis has played an important role for our team and been a significant contributor to our success this season," Mike Budenholzer said in a statement. "We are disappointed that he did not return to the team on time and we have discussed this with him. We look forward to him rejoining the team in Orlando tomorrow night."