Raptors’ Serge Ibaka could face 3-5 game suspension for choking, punching Marquese Chriss
Toronto Raptors big man Serge Ibaka could be facing a suspension for three-to-five games without pay for his involvement in an altercation with Cleveland Cavaliers forward Marquese Chriss at the end of the third quarter of Monday night’s 126-101 loss.
Ibaka already has prior incidents in his record, getting into physical altercations with Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez in 2017 and Miami Heat forward James Johnson last year — both taking place in recent memory, making him a repeat offender.
According to ESPN front-office insider Bobby Marks. Ibaka would lose about $149,000 for every game he misses — tacking losses up to $745,000 for a five-game suspension.
Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Kiki Vandeweghe is known to take prior history into account, and even if he was to ignore the recent events, he’s also had his share of extra-physical moments as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Orlando Magic, making this transgression tough to let go.
Even if Chriss was viewed as the instigator, Vandeweghe would be forced to look at Ibaka’s antecedents and make his ruling based on his prior history of conflict.
The two players were fighting for a last-second possession before Ibaka fell and Chriss had some words for him as the quarter expired. Ibaka shoved Chriss from behind and got a near-hold of his neck before throwing a punch. The Cavs forward retaliated with a punch before both players were separated by officials and consequently ejected from the game.