Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young is in disbelief after Denver Nuggets center and reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic was called for a Flagrant 2 and ejected in their crucial Game 4 against the Phoenix Suns.
Late in the third quarter of the contest, Jokic hit Suns guard Cameron Payne on the face in frustration. Devin Booker was so riled up after the incident and even confronted the Nuggets All-Star for the dirty play.
In return, Jokic was assessed with a Flagrant 2 and had to be tossed out from the contest.
Things get testy in Denver 😱
Nikola Jokic gets ejected then gets into it with Devin Booker! pic.twitter.com/TTVD2u3BtW
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) June 14, 2021
According to the NBA rulebook, a Flagrant 2 constitutes “unnecessary and excessive contact committed by a player against an opponent.” Given the fact that Nikola Jokic hit Payne on the face and the Suns guard went down in pain (no pun intended), it seems correct he’s assessed with a Flagrant 2.
However, for Trae Young, it shouldn’t be a Flagrant 2. The Hawks star noted that it is only a Flagrant 1, but not to the extent it is a Penalty 2 for Jokic to be ejected.
For sure a flagrant 1… not 2 though !
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) June 14, 2021
While it is easy to say that Jokic shouldn’t have been ejected, it is honestly quite clear that there is “unnecessary and excessive” contact that happened. After all, you just can’t punch an opponent like that and not get ejected.
Also, imagine if it was the Hawks guard on the receiving end of that blow? Sure enough, most people will call for an ejection on Jokic as well.
Jokic knows better not to let emotions get the better of him, especially since he’s the best player on the team. Unfortunate, after going down 3-0 to the Suns, The Joker’s frustrations just accumulated and exploded.