NBA: Kings’ Domantas Sabonis suspended for bumping official
The NBA suspended Sacramento Kings star Domantas Sabonis one game without pay Wednesday for aggressively confronting and making contact with a game official.
The incident occurred with 4:35 left in the fourth quarter of the Kings’ 131-115 home loss to the New York Knicks on Monday night.
Sabonis initially received a technical foul from official Josh Tiven for unsportsmanlike behavior after being whistled for a personal foul.
“Sabonis then reacted demonstratively again in the vicinity of the game official, and approached and bumped the official in a hostile manner,” read a release from NBA president of league operations Byron Spruell.
Sabonis received a second technical foul and was ejected, finishing with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
We disagree with the NBA’s decision to suspend Domantas Sabonis. He is a consummate professional and the ultimate competitor. We stand behind Domas, and he has our full support.
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) March 9, 2022
The two-time All-Star will serve his suspension during Wednesday night’s game with the visiting Denver Nuggets.
The Kings issued a statement supporting Sabonis on Twitter.
“We disagree with the NBA’s decision to suspend Domantas Sabonis,” the team posted. “He’s a consummate professional and the ultimate competitor. We stand behind Domas, and he has our full support.”
Sabonis, 25, has averaged 17.4 points, 12.8 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 11 starts with the Kings since they acquired him in a Feb. 8 trade with the Indiana Pacers.