Lakers’ Patrick Beverley Suspended for Shoving Suns’ Deandre Ayton

Lakers’ Patrick Beverley Suspended for Shoving Suns’ Deandre Ayton

Lakers guard Patrick Beverley has been suspended for three games by the NBA for his forceful shove of Suns star Deandre Ayton on Tuesday night.

The play came with 3: 55 to play in the Lakers’ 115-105 loss to the Phoenix at Footprint Center. Beverley was offended by the way Suns guard Devin Booker and Ayton reacted to Austin Reaves’ fouling. Beverley ran up to Ayton and shoved him to the ground.

Beverley was issued a technical foul and ejected from the game. After the game, he showed no remorse.

“Got someone on the ground, two people puffing their chests out and mean-mugging, and referees aren’t getting into it to kinda separate it, control it, so I’m going stand up for my fellow teammate,” Beverley stated after the game, per ESPN .

Beverley said, “I’m going for that —,” Beverley. It’s unfortunate that it happened live on national television. But you know me: I love protecting my teammates, regardless of what’s happening. I’m a foxhole man. I don the jersey and commit to a team. I also commit to a city. It’s my motto. I’m a foxhole man. It’s a very unfortunate situation.

Beverley’s teammates appreciated how he stood up for Reaves after the game.

We had each other’s backs. Pat is known for that: having his teammates’ backs,” Lakers forward Anthony Davis said after the game, per Jovan Buha of The Athletic. “… No one should be above our teammate. … That’s disrespectful.”

Lakers point guard Russell Westbrook echoed Davis’s thoughts fully supporting Beverley.

Lakers’ point guard Russell Westbrook also supported Beverley, saying, “I love this, personally.” Per Buha “Protecting and understanding each other’s backs is the most important thing for a team,”

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