Basketball Wiretap

Joakim Noah Suspended 20 Games For Violating Anti-Drug Program

Mar 25, 2017 11:03 AM

Joakim Noah has been suspended 20 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug program.

Noah tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement that is prohibited under the outgoing Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Noah hadn’t “knowingly or willingly” violated the policy and cooperated fully with the league’s probe, league sources said.


Noah's suspension will begin once he's cleared to play after undergoing surgery on his left knee on Feb. 27th.

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Serge Ibaka, Robin Lopez Each Suspended One Game

Mar 22, 2017 5:26 PM

Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka have each been suspended one game without pay for throwing punches at one another during an altercation, it was announced by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

Raptors assistant coach Jamaal Magloire has been fined $15,000 for pushing Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic and acting as other than a peacemaker as part of the same altercation.

The incident, for which Ibaka and Lopez were assessed technical fouls and ejected from the game, occurred with 3:58 remaining in the third quarter of the Raptors’ 122-120 overtime win over the Bulls at Air Canada Centre on March 21.

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Robin Lopez, Serge Ibaka Ejected After Exchanging Punches

Mar 21, 2017 11:16 PM

Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka were ejected from Tuesday's game after exchanging punches.

Ibaka snached a rebound away from Lopez and elbowed the back of Lopez. Lopez responded by swiping at the ball. Ibaka shoved Lopez and then Lopez threw a punch at Ibaka that missed. Ibaka then retaliated with a punch of his own that grazed Lopez's head.

Ibaka and Lopez continued to go at each other, which led to several other players and assistant coaches from each bench joining the fray.

The two players continued to lob harsh words at each other and were separated by teammates.


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Mike Budenholzer Suspended One Game For Making Contact With Referee

Mar 5, 2017 12:48 PM

Mike Budenholzer has been suspended for one game by the NBA for making contact with an official during Friday’s loss to the Cavaliers.

The incident occurred with 2:42 remaining in the third quarter of the Hawks’ 135-130 loss. The Hawks trailed 94-80 when LeBron James knocked Kent Bazemore to the ground on a drive and pull-up jump shot. Budenholzer argued the call and bumped official Brian Forte as he ran up court.

Budenholzer was issued a technical foul on the play, his fourth of the season.

“I fully understand and respect the decision of the NBA,” Budenholzer said in a statement released by the team. “I plan to reach out to Brian as soon as possible and intend to apologize for the contact that I made during last night’s game. The referees have the most difficult job on the court and do an outstanding job of managing the needs of the game, players and coaches. I accept the suspension, will learn from it and look forward to moving beyond this.”

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Hawks Suspend Dennis Schroder One Game After Delay Waiting For New Visa

Feb 24, 2017 1:59 PM

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."


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