Raptors suspend Serge Ibaka one game for violation of team rules
The Toronto Raptors are coming off arguably their worst loss of the season at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday. Although they will have a chance to get back into the win column on Friday, they may have to do it without one of their key players.
Prior to tonight’s game, Toronto announced that they have suspended forward Serge Ibaka for one game after violating the team’s rules. Raptors president Masai Ujiri released this statement on behalf of the team:
“Both parties have apologized,” Raptors president Masai Ujiri said in the team’s statement. “We’ve discussed this internally as a team, and we won’t be discussing it any further. Now we’re focused on moving forward together, and we look forward to having Serge back in the lineup.”
The punishment stems from an altercation between Ibaka and a staff member following the Raptors’ loss to the Thunder. While the specifics of the incident have not been revealed, it was clearly serious enough to warrant a suspension for Ibaka.
Despite their recent skid, Toronto has been one of the best teams in the league as they currently own the second-best record in the Eastern Conference. That said, they will likely welcome the return of Ibaka with open arms for next Monday’s showdown with the Milwaukee Bucks.