Jaren Jackson Jr. and Marko Guduric of the Memphis Grizzlies and NY Knicks guard Elfrid Payton were suspended one game without pay by the NBA on Thursday for their roles in an altercation between the teams during their game at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. The Knicks’ Marcus Morris was also fined $35,000 not only for his role on the court, but for his comments afterward – where he stated that Grizzlies forward Jae Crowder played with “female tendencies.”
Crowder was fined $25,000 for escalating the skirmish, which began when he stole the ball and shot a 3-pointer, causing Payton to shove him to the floor while he was in the air with 48 seconds left. Morris, who shoved Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant, later apologized on Twitter for his remarks about women. The Knicks said they understood the NBA’s penalties for both their players.
Jackson and Guduric left the bench during the altercation, an automatic one-game ban. They will sit out Friday when the Grizzlies visit New Orleans. Payton will miss New York’s game on Saturday at Indiana.
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