Quincy Acy expresses regret over fight with Andre Drummond
The Brooklyn Nets’ loss to the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night turned sour as the game got testier, trailing 13 points in the final seconds of the third quarter when enforcer Quincy Acy and All-Star center Andre Drummond got into a heated altercation. In fact, Acy even made inadvertent contact with a referee, and both players were ejected with 18.4 seconds left in the third.
Acy, known to be a hard-nosed big man, noted the situation escalated out of control, letting his emotions get the best of him. It would’ve been a tradeoff that the Nets would take all day — Drummond for Acy — but that’s not how ballgames should be won.
Drummond and Acy get into it, Acy clips the ref in the face. This won’t be good pic.twitter.com/P0UGbJDu7v
— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) April 1, 2018
“We stripped the ball, going for the ball, he shot an [elbow] and I overreacted. I felt like he took a swing,” said Acy, according to Brian Lewis of The New York Post. “Things definitely got out of hand. It’s not how I’m supposed to act,” Acy said. “We dove on the floor for a loose ball and he just kind of shot an [elbow]. I just overreacted.”
The NBA league office is in the process of reviewing the play to dole out the imminent sanction, though the fine and/or potential suspension could depend if they determine that there is any intent on hitting the referee.
When asked if he thought the official was just another Piston trying to stop him, Acy shut that down.
“You think I swing on purpose?” Acy said. “There was a lot of people around me.”