BREAKING: NBA Takes Action Against Nikola Jokic After Violent Actions in Miami Heat Game

Published 11/09/2021, 10:29 PM EST
Nov 8, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) reacts on the bench after a play in the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports


Nikola Jokic is a quiet player on the floor and deservingly takes a high pride in his skills. Hence, when Markieff Morris fouled the reigning MVP in their matchup against the Miami Heat, all hell broke loose. Jokic retaliated by pushing Markieff from behind and got ejected. Now, the NBA is on his tail and is taking action.

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Normally, Jokic is never in the spotlight for any controversy. The big man puts it out on the floor and is often seen on the comic side of things, always keeping his jokes handy. However, since the Nuggets’ playoff loss to the Suns last year, it seems something has ticked him off. At least his incident with Morris points towards the same.

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Now, the NBA is quite serious about physical fights and altercations. Thus, they have decided to take action on the reigning MVP of the league.

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Nikola Jokic to receive one game suspension

After the whole incident, Jokic was ejected from the game and it all seemed to be over. However, the gravity of the event was not small. With Jokic being such a recognized player, his actions represent the league. Hence, he along with a few other stars, invited punishments for their actions during the altercation.

Nov 8, 2021; Head coach Michael Malone pulls center Nikola Jokic  away from a scrum against the Miami Heat at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Nikola Jokic, being the main culprit, has received the highest punishment with a one game suspension without pay as a result of his actions. Other players who will take a financial hit are Jimmy Butler and Markieff Morris. The latter got a fine of $50.000 for initiating the whole incident. While Butler didn’t play any hand in the whole altercation, he did lose his cool towards the end. For those reasons, he is fined $30.000 by the NBA.

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This is a welcoming move by the league as it hit their reputation big time. Nowadays, even verbal disputes get players in trouble. However, in an altercation such as this one, these punishments may be considered lenient.

The last time something like this took place was in the game between Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers. Three players, Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, and Brandon Ingram, had received suspensions for getting into an altercation in the middle of the game.

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The league has done a good job in giving out appropriate sanctions and preventing further such events. Do you think Jokic should receive bigger punishment? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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