NBA suspends Wolves’ Beasley 12 games for felony gun threat
By admin - February 26, 2021
Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Malik Beasley has been suspended for 12 games without pay by the NBA for his recent guilty plea to a felony charge of threats of violence. Here are the highlights:
- The league announced Thursday the punishment, which will begin with Minnesota’s game Saturday at Washington. Beasley is eligible to return March 27 against Houston.
- Beasley, in his fifth NBA season, is averaging a career-best 20.5 points.
- He was sentenced earlier this month to 120 days in jail for the Sept. 26 incident, when he pointed a rifle outside his home in suburban Minneapolis at a family on a house-hunting tour. Police later found weapons and marijuana in the home.
- As part of Beasley’s plea deal, prosecutors dropped a felony fifth-degree drug possession charge. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office said Beasley can serve his stay in the workhouse after his season is over; COVID-19 precautions could require the county to release him on electronic home monitoring for the duration of the sentence.
- Speaking at his remote sentencing, he said, “I am not that person. I humbly apologize for my actions.”
- Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, in a statement distributed by the team, said the organization fully supports the NBA’s decision
- “As we work together with Malik to advance his development as a player and a person, we look forward to seeing his growth,” Rosas said.