Sports Raptors’ Serge Ibaka issues apology for suspension

22:06  11 january  2018
22:06  11 january  2018 Source:   Sportsnet

Raptors’ Ibaka, Heat’s Johnson suspended one game by NBA

  Raptors’ Ibaka, Heat’s Johnson suspended one game by NBA Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka and the Miami Heat’s James Johnson have each been suspended one game by the NBA for throwing punches at one another on Tuesday night. The league has also fined DeMar DeRozan $25,000 and Goran Dragic $10,000 for a separate altercation at the end of the game.Ibaka and Johnson got into it midway through the third quarter of Tuesday night’s game. The two were battling for position during an inbounds play when both lost their cools, starting with a forearm shove from Ibaka and straight right from Johnson that the Raptors big man took on the chin.

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The Toronto Raptors announced forward Serge Ibaka has been suspended for Friday night's game against the Atlanta Hawks after he was involved in an altercation with a team staffer following Wednesday's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Suspended for Thursday night’s big game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka issued an apology on Twitter.

“Sometimes during a game my emotions can lead to bad reactions and I’m not proud of that,” Ibaka’s apology reads. “This is why I want to apologize to the Raptors organization, the fans, the staff and my teammates for my suspension.”

https://twitter.com/sergeibaka/status/951519064014209024

Ibaka and Miami Heat forward James Johnson were suspended one game apiece for throwing punches at each other during Tuesday night’s matchup.

Johnson took to Twitter Wednesday night to issue an apology of his own.

Raptors’ Serge Ibaka making a difference at the rim

  Raptors’ Serge Ibaka making a difference at the rim CHICAGO—They can be electrifying and game-changing plays, the chase-down blocked shots that get fans juiced, players excited, coaches up on their feet. Coming seemingly out of nowhere, a defender refusing to give up what looks like an easy and uncontested layup, they are nightly staple of NBA highlights.Serge Ibaka knows full well what the impact of them can be and he takes great pride in pulling them off.The veteran Raptors forward had a delightful one Monday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, tracking down the much quicker guard Eric Bledsoe to swat away what should have been an easy basket.

The NBA has handed down its punishment to Serge Ibaka of the Toronto Raptors and James Johnson issued an apology for his role in the fight and getting suspended on Twitter community and most importantly our fans for last night's actions that led to my ejection and suspension for

Toronto Raptors power forward Serge Ibaka has been suspended for one game without pay, the NBA announced Tuesday. The suspension comes a day after Ibaka and Lopez exchanged punches in a wild skirmish at the Air Canada Centre.

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The Raptors will have to make due without Ibaka and his averages of 13.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks with LeBron James and the Cavaliers in town Thursday.

Coming into Thursday’s game there was some concern that Cleveland star guard Isaiah Thomas would also be forced to sit after he appeared to clothesline the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins during a Monday night contest. Luckily for Thomas and the Cavaliers, however, the diminutive all-star only got slapped with a $20,000 fine.

Toronto plays Cleveland Thursday at 8:00 p.m. ET. Catch the game on Sportsnet Ontario and Sportsnet ONE.

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