Fred VanVleet had one reaction after learning about his one-game suspension following the Raptors and Lakers’ on-court scuffle on Tuesday night — laughter.
The Raptors guard tweeted a simple “lol” in reaction to the news, which the league announced on Thursday. Raptors guard DeAndre’ Bembry and Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker joined VanVleet with a one-game ban apiece. The three were suspended without pay for leaving their respective benches during the scuffle.
Additionally, fines were given to Toronto forward O.G. Anunoby and Lakers forward Montrezl Harrell for their roles in Tuesday’s altercation.
Anunoby was fined $30,000 for initiating the incident by grabbing Lakers guard Dennis Schroder by the leg and “recklessly flipping him to the ground” after the two became entangled following a common foul committed by Schroder.
Harrell, for his part, was fined $20,000 for “aggressively entering the altercation and shoving Raptors guard Gary Trent Jr.”
Both Anunoby and Harrell received technical fouls for the on-court incident and were subsequently ejected.
Following the game — which ended in a Lakers 110-101 win — Harrell expressed that he didn’t understand his ejection and that he thought he was defending his teammate, Schroder.
When asked if he took issue with Anunoby during the scuffle, Harrell added, “My beef is with anybody who doesn’t have a Lakers jersey.”