Wizards guard Bradley Beal is under police investigation due to an incident that occurred after a loss in Orlando last Tuesday, per David Purdum of ESPN.
As Beal and the Wizards were headed to the locker room, a man in the stands who had apparently bet on the game told the three-time All-Star, “You made me lose $1,300, you f–k,” per a police report obtained by ESPN. The police report states that Beal turned around and walked toward the stands, then swatted at a friend of the man who made the comment, making contact with his head and knocking his hat off.
According to Purdum, police reviewed video footage of the altercation and determined that Beal made a comment about this being his job and taking it seriously, while the man who made the comment is heard apologizing. There’s a possibility that the Wizards star will face a battery charge, Purdum adds.
“We are aware of the report and in the process of gathering more information,” NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said when asked about the incident.
Here are more odds and ends from around the Southeast Division:
- Heat point guard Kyle Lowry has yet to receive medical clearance to play in both games of back-to-back sets, he said this morning (Twitter link via Anthony Chiang of The Miami Herald). Lowry’s expectation is that he’ll play his old team in Toronto on Tuesday and then miss Wednesday’s game in New York.
- Although the Hawks still hold a top-eight seed in the East, they don’t look like a threat to make any noise in the playoffs even if they get in, says Jeff Schultz of The Athletic. In Schultz’s view, the rest of Atlanta’s season is more about determining which players are keepers beyond this season than it is about seeing how far the team can get in the postseason.
- Hornets guard James Bouknight hasn’t seen regular minutes for most of his first two NBA seasons, but he re-entered the rotation on Sunday and is expected to play more frequently in the season’s final two weeks, writes Roderick Boone of The Charlotte Observer. “I just think it’s an opportunity for him,” head coach Steve Clifford said. “He can now use this as a springboard into his summer. One of things that hurt his year this year was he didn’t have a summer last year. He was injured, so he wasn’t able to do anything. Regardless of how old guys are, most of their year is set up in the summer. Rarely do guys have bad summers and come back and have great years.”
11 thoughts on “Southeast Notes: Beal, Lowry, Hawks, Bouknight”
The best self defense is releasing bodily gas. It stinks, deters the perpetrator, and is very had to prove unless you can perform chromatography on site. Beal should have walked over and farted on them fellas then walked off. Win.
The self proclaimed top commentator everyone. Talking about farts and not ball. Classic.
The timing is never right… Makes it a difficult weapon to deploy when you need it
Investigation on Beal is a waste of time. The dude should’ve been more aware on not to beat when it comes to the Wizards (Beal)
Battery maybe… I’d say Beal had cause, and if it was just knocking a hat off someone’s head for using fighting words, then there is lawful defense for Beal. Sounds like there was witnesses, we’ll know more soon enough.
With Beal’s money $5,000-$10,000 gets this guy to say he wasn’t harmed, and sign a NDA. Whole thing goes away. Seems like the easiest route.
Beal shouldn’t have taken the bait, but people should also be more respectful to these overpaid fluff princesses.
It was an away game, what does he expect from the fans there?
Why so many thugs in the NBA? These guys are professionals…act like it already
Wonder if they’ll look into his robbery of the Washington Wizards franchise
That would be a felony police investigation
@washing-a-boner You should try stand up comedy because right now your jokes make me want to lie down and fall asleep zZzZz
Salty boy lol
Talk sh*t get hit. Imagine considering pressing charges against somebody because they slapped you on the head and caused your hat to fall. But because its a wealthy person, gotta press charges and potentially sue them right?
Fans need to shape up. Just because you paid x amount of dollars to watch a game in person doesn’t mean you can get away with saying whatever you want to players. As crazy as it seems, they’re real people with real emotions just like us. The only criticism for the players is that they should know they’ll be in the spotlight because of it, but I can’t blame them either. Like if you were getting chirped at all day by some random person while you were working, you would also talk back and knock some sense into the idiot.