Basketball Wiretap

Pacers Suspend Greg Foster, Fine Goga Bitadze For Altercation

May 6, 2021 1:18 PM

The Indiana Pacers are suspending assistant coach Greg Foster for one game and fining Goga Bitadze an undisclosed amount for their exchange on court during Wednesday's game.

Foster and Bitadze are said to have a strong working relationship, but that the emotions got the better of both parties during the exchange.

Bitadze was a first round pick in 2019 by the Pacers.

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Marcus Smart Suspended One Game For Threatening Language Toward Ref

Apr 28, 2021 9:22 PM

Marcus Smart has been suspended one game without pay for directing threatening language toward a game official.

The incidents took place during and after the Celtics’ 119-115 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on April 27 at TD Garden.

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JaKarr Sampson Suspended One Game; Patty Mills, Rudy Gay Fined

Apr 21, 2021 1:26 PM

Indiana Pacers forward JaKarr Sampson has been suspended one game without pay for headbutting San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills, and Mills and Spurs forward Rudy Gay have each been fined for their roles in an on-court altercation, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident began when Sampson and Mills were battling for rebounding position. It continued to the next possession when Mills made contact with Sampson and Sampson shoved Mills. Sampson then furthered the altercation by aggressively confronting and headbutting Mills. Sampson’s actions resulted in a Flagrant Foul 2 and an automatic ejection.

Mills received a technical foul and has been fined $25,000 for his role in the altercation. Gay also received a technical foul and has been fined $20,000 for escalating the incident by shoving Sampson. 

The incident occurred with 9:32 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Spurs’ 109-94 win over the Pacers on April 19.

Sampson will serve his suspension tonight when Indiana faces the Oklahoma City Thunder

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