Rudy Gobert Brings Up “Security” and “Cameras” After Ugly NBA Brawl With Myles Turner

Published 11/12/2021, 11:00 AM EST
Nov 11, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) and Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) get into a fight in the fourth quarter resulting in ejections for both players at Vivint Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports


The destructive 2021-22 NBA season keeps on giving. On Thursday night, Rudy Gobert had a heated altercation with Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner. This wasn’t the first time that fans got to see some violence on the court this year, as numerous other battles have already taken place. However, the Frenchman’s anger was certainly shocking, to say the least.

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Yet, he declared after the match that it was just something that happened in the heat of the moment.

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The Utah Jazz stumbled on a crucial hurdle, halting their regular-season momentum. They failed to begin strong against the Pacers, and this eventually cost them. Following their lack of consistency in the back-court, they were never able to recover from the lead they conceded. For Indiana, who have been underwhelming thus far, ace guard Malcolm Brogdon continued his fine form.

He has been averaging well over 20 points this year, and slammed a brilliant 30 points on the night. But the encounter will be infamously remembered for the Gobert-Turner duel.

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29-year-old Gobert came into the season off of some ravishing performances with Team France at the Olympics. He was looking forward to the fresh campaign, and has been instrumental in the Jazz’s victories. Although he is an absolute giant, Rudy has never been known to be a violent individual. But as the saying goes, when it rains, it pours. In the middle of the final twelve minutes, the duo engaged in a brawl after a physical play.

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Post the incident where Gobert almost took out Turner, he addressed what went down in the press conference. ‘Gobzilla’ firmly insisted that they were never going to fight, although the visuals said otherwise. Regarding altercations in the NBA, he said, “We knew we ain’t gonna fight so guys need to stop acting like they’re gonna fight.”

“Because they know that in two seconds there’s gonna be 20 security guards in between us and they know that it’s cool for the cameras but they know we ain’t gonna fight so… Guys that are not about that life need to stop acting like they are.”

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Following the unnecessary scuffle, both Gobert and Turner were ejected from the encounter. In addition, Joe Ingles and Donovan Mitchell were also sent off. Drama aside, it was an encouraging 111-100 victory for the Pacers.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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