The NBA has handed Milwaukee Bucks guard OJ Mayo a one-game suspension for punching New Orleans Pelicans centre Greg Stiemsma in the throat.
Milwaukee Bucks guard OJ Mayo will be forced to the sidelines after being handed a one-game suspension from the NBA after punching New Orleans centre Greg Stiemsma in the throat.
NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn released an official statement following the incident declaring Mayo “has been suspended one game without pay for forcibly striking'” Stiemsma.
With 1 minute and 52 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Mayo lashed out at Stiemsma after taking offence to a hard screen set by the Pelicans big man. He was subsequently assessed a flagrant foul 2 and ejected from the game. New Orleans would go on to win 112-104, in overtime.
Mayo was the Milwaukee Bucks’ marquee signing in the offseason after agreeing to a three-year, $24 million contract in the offseason, but he has been largely disappointing, averaging 11.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists a game, all below his career averages of 14.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists a night.
Mayo will now miss the Bucks’ game against the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.