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Heat pro Butler and other players suspended after fracas

A harmless foul triggers a huge riot in the Miami Heat’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Now the NBA has suspended five professional basketball players – including Jimmy Butler

The altercations during the Miami Heat’s NBA game at the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday have led to suspensions for five players, including star Jimmy Butler.

Like his teammate Nikola Jovic and Naji Marhsall of the Pelicans, the Heat pro will have to sit out a game without pay. According to US media, Butler will lose around 260,000 US dollars (around 240,000 euros) in salary as a result.

Thomas Bryant of the Heat and Jose Alvardo of the Pelicans were suspended for three games by the NBA on Sunday because they were suspended after the first

The altercations during the Miami Heat’s NBA game at the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday have led to suspensions for five players, including star Jimmy Butler.

Like his teammate Nikola Jovic and Naji Marhsall of the Pelicans, the Heat pro will have to sit out a game without pay. According to US media, Butler will lose around 260,000 US dollars (around 240,000 euros) in salary as a result.

Thomas Bryant of the Heat and Jose Alvardo of the Pelicans were suspended for three games by the NBA on Sunday for starting to fight on the court after the first scuffle.

A largely innocuous foul by Kevin Love on Pelicans pro Zion Williamson had sparked the unrest early in the fourth quarter of the Heat’s 106-95 loss in New Orleans. Alvarado, Bryant, Butler and Marshall were all sent off with technical fouls. Some fans were also ejected from their seats

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