UPDATED 4/10, 7:50 p.m. ET: Minnesota Timberwolves announced Monday that Rudy Gobert has been suspended for one game following his physical altercation with teammate Kyle Anderson during Sunday’s faceoff against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Gobert will serve his suspension on Tuesday, when the Timberwolves take on the Los Angeles Lakers in the play-in tournament.
If the Timberwolves defeat the Lakers, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year would be eligible to return for Game 1 of their first-round match-up against the Memphis Grizzlies. If Minnesota loses tomorrow, Gobert would be back with the team when they look to secure the eighth seed against the winner of the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans game.
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The incident took place with 4:23 left in the first half, as the Timberwolves trailed the Pelicans 48-36. It’s unclear what led to the heated exchange, which featured Gobert throw a punch at Anderson, before their teammate Taurean Prince stood up and shoved Rudy back.
According to NBA insider Shams Charania, the Timberwolves “sent Rudy Gobert home” after the altercation, ruling the French big man out for the remainder of the game.
Per Adrian Wojnarowski, Anderson told Gobert to “shut the f*ck up, b*tch.”
Gobert reportedly sent a text to teammates apologizing for the incident as well.
Gobert later apologized for the incident via a tweet.
“Emotions got the best of me today. I should not have reacted the way i did regardless of what was said.,” he said. “I wanna apologize to the fans, the organisation and particularly to Kyle, who is someone that i truly love and respect as a teammate.”
Of course, the timing of Gobert’s punch couldn’t have come at a less opportune time for the Timberwolves, as Minnesota is currently jostling for a higher seed in next week’s play-in tournament. The T-Wolves are currently holding the 9th seed, with the winner of Sunday’s Minnesota-New Orleans game earning the 8th seed for the play-in.
Watch Gobert and Anderson’s heated confrontation up top.