Apparently, Fred VanVleet is not a supporter of NBA disciplinary policies.
The league announced Thursday that Raptors guard, teammate DeAndre ‘Bembry and Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker had each been suspended from a game without pay for leaving their bench in Tuesday night’s game between Toronto and Los Angeles. Additionally, Raptors forward OG Anunoby ($ 30,000) and Lakers big man Montrezl Harrell ($ 20,000) were fined for their roles in an altercation on the field.
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At the end of the first quarter of that game, Lakers guard Dennis Schroder fouled Anunoby and got tangled up with him after the whistle. Anunoby grabbed Schroder by the leg and threw him to the ground, prompting Harrell and a group of other players to jump into the fray. After a long examination of the play, Anunoby and Harrell were both kicked out.
Upon learning he had received a suspension, VanVleet offered a brief reaction on Twitter: “Lol”.
It may seem odd that VanVleet, Bembry, and Horton-Tucker were suspended because they had the least direct involvement in the crash. Unfortunately for these guys, there isn’t a ton of gray area when it comes to getting off the bench, even if a player tries to defuse the situation.
Hey, if nothing else, VanVleet can take comfort in knowing it could have been worse. Imagine if he had done that in a big playoff series! (Sorry, Suns fans.)