On a chaotic night for the NBA, the game between the Pistons and Orlando took centre stage as the Pistons cruised to a 121-101 victory with the brawl video of Killian Hayes and Mo Wagner viral
The game between the Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic resulted in a horrific spectacle. Eleven players were suspended after a bench-clearing altercation and one player was rendered unconscious.
Pistons’ Killian Hayes Knock Out Mo Wagner With A Sucker Punch To The Back Of His Head, Fight Video Goes Viral
Franz Wagner of the Magic and Killian Hayes of the Pistons were running after a lost ball on a play late in the first half when Wagner looked to push Hayes out of bounds. Hamidou Diallo of Detroit pushed Wagner from behind as he swiftly stepped in to defend his teammate.
Seconds later, Hayes reappeared and delivered a shot to the back of the head to the Magic’s first-round choice in 2021, appearing to knock the forward out completely. Since then, numerous videos of the incident have surfaced.
Moe Wagner, Killian Hayes Ejected After Fight Breaks Out Between Pistons And Magic.😳 pic.twitter.com/kVJ9LeLvUs
— Poetik Flakko (@FlakkoPoetik) December 29, 2022
— same old lions (@j_blatt) December 29, 2022
Due to a lane violation, Wagner was dismissed from the game. Hayes and Diallo were also dismissed for their roles in the brawl. On Thursday, suspensions were lifted; Hayes received three games, Wagner received two, Diallo received one, and eight different Orlando players received one game for sitting on the bench.
Thankfully, no one was hurt during the altercation. The whole story on the suspensions is as follows: Players that departed the Orlando bench after the altercation included Franz Wagner, Cole Anthony, Wendell Carter Jr., Gary Harris, Mo Bamba, R.J. Hampton, Kevon Harris, and Admiral Schofield.
– Killian Hayes: 3-game suspension
– Moe Wagner: 2-game suspension
– Hamidou Diallo: 1-game suspension
– 1-game suspension to eight Magic: Cole Anthony, Mo Bamba, Wendell Carter Jr., RJ Hampton, Gary Harris, Kevon Harris, Franz Wagner, Admiral Schofield
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 30, 2022
The following is the financial impact of the players’ suspensions:
Here are the suspension amounts for the DET/ORL tussle:
K. Hayes: $120,781
H. Diallo: $35,862
W. Carter Jr: $97,586
G. Harris: $89,655
M. Bamba: $71,034
F. Wagner: $36,264
C. Anthony: $24,922
R. Hampton: $16,640
A. Schofield: $3,510
K. Harris: $3,510
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) December 30, 2022
Though it evoked memories of the famed “Malice in the Palace,” the event thankfully never reached that point. As the fight was taking place, the announcer in the arena pleaded with spectators to remain in their seats.
After the victory, the Pistons’ overall record of 9-28 still makes them the NBA’s worst team. With a 13-23 record, the Magic are fifth-worst in the league. Both teams have a lot of young, talented players, and this might signal the start of an Eastern Conference rivalry. The NBA is merely grateful that this fight didn’t worsen for the time being.