NBA Star Nikola Jokic Suspended One Game For Cheap Shot On Markieff Morris
NBA Star Nikola Jokic Suspended 1 Game For Cheap Shot ... On Markieff Morris
11/10/2021 5:51 AM PT
5:47 AM PT -- 11/10 Less than 24 hours after Jokic's cheap shot ... the NBA handed down a suspension, barring the superstar 1 game.
The league also announced it hit Morris and Butler with fines -- $50k for Morris, $30k for Butler -- for their roles in the altercation.
Morris, meanwhile, is expected to recover from injuries he suffered from the shove ... though he's likely to miss at least one game.
NBA star Nikola Jokic could be facing a lengthy suspension ... after he injured Markieff Morris on Monday night with a violent cheap shot.
The play all went down at the end of the fourth quarter of the Nuggets' game against the Heat ... when Jokic felt he was fouled by Morris while dribbling the ball up the court in a 111-94 game.
Nikola Jokic clobbers Markieff Morris from behind late in the fourth quarter and things get intense. pic.twitter.com/9RclknqIKB— Bally Sports Sun: HEAT (@BallyHEAT) November 9, 2021 @BallyHEAT
In video of the incident, you can see right after Morris threw his body into Jokic's -- the 6-foot-11, 284-pound center charged at Morris' back and hurled an elbow that caused the Heat player to crash to the ground.
Immediately, players and coaches got into a scrum -- and at one point, Miami star Jimmy Butler appeared to challenge somebody on the Nuggets to a fight at center court.
Eventually, everybody was separated and Jokic was ejected ... but Morris appeared to be really hurt on the play.
Hope Markieff Morris is okay 🙏🏽 didn't need the stretcher and on his feet now 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/3qzMbjxmSS— NBA Analysis Network (@HoopAnalysisNet) November 9, 2021 @HoopAnalysisNet
In fact, a stretcher was brought out for the 32-year-old, but fortunately, he was able to walk off the court.
The Heat announced Morris was dealing with a neck injury as a result of the foul -- and his status going forward is unclear.
Nikola Jokic:— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) November 9, 2021 @VicLombardi
“It was stupid. I should not react that way”. pic.twitter.com/1K6CgvK7DX
For his part, Jokic -- whose Nuggets went on to win 113-96 -- called the play "stupid" and said he shouldn't have reacted the way he did.
NBA fine, and possibly suspension, coming for Jokic in 3 ... 2 ...
Originally Published -- 11/9 6:05 AM PT