NBA suspends Pistons’ Hayes, Magic’s Wagner, and nine other players following an on-court incident

January 2, 2023

For their actions in an on-court confrontation during Wednesday’s game, the NBA suspended Moritz Wagner, a center for the Orlando Magic, and Killian Hayes, a guard for the Detroit Pistons.


Hayes was given a three-game suspension for hitting Wagner in the back of the head. In contrast, Wagner was given a two-game suspension for acting in an unsportsmanlike manner toward Hayes before the incident.


For leaving the bench during the brawl, eight additional Magic players—Cole Anthony, R.J. Hampton, Gary Harris, Admiral Schofield, Kevon Harris, Franz Wagner, Mo Bamba, and Wendell Carter Jr.—have also been given a one-game suspension without pay.


Hamidou Diallo, a Piston guard, was also suspended for one game.


The incident, which occurred with 33.2 seconds left in the 2nd quarter of the Pistons’ 121-101 home victory, resulted in two flagrant fouls against both Hayes and Wagner, who were dismissed from the game.


When the Pistons play host to the Chicago Bulls on Friday, Hayes and Diallo’s respective suspensions will start to take effect. Before missing next Wednesday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Wagner will miss Friday’s game against the Washington Wizards.


The suspensions for the eight additional Magic players who will be disciplined will be served in stages. While Schofield, Kevon Harris, and Franz Wagner will be ineligible to play against the Thunder, Anthony, Carter, Hampton, Bamba, and Gary Harris won’t be available against the Wizards.

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