Timberwolves Release Statement On Malik Beasley’s 12-Game Suspension
The Timberwolves’ president of basketball of operations released a statement on February 25 “following the NBA’s announcement of Malik Beasley’s 12-game suspension”:
“As an organization, we fully support today’s decision by the NBA,” Gersson Rosas, Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations, said. “As we work together with Malik to advance his development as a player and a person, we look forward to seeing his growth.”
According to ESPN: “Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley has been suspended for 12 games without pay in the wake of pleading guilty to a felony count of threats of violence as a result of an incident in September, the NBA said Thursday (February 25)…Beasley agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors earlier this month that saw felony drug charges against him get dropped in exchange for the guilty plea. As a result, Beasley was sentenced to 120 days in jail, which could be served either in the county workhouse or in home confinement, after the NBA season is over in mid-May”.
Reuters reported that “the incident occurred on Sept. 26, 2020, when a couple and their 13-year-old child stopped in front of Beasley’s home in Plymouth, Minn. Authorities said the family was on a tour of homes in his neighborhood and they were looking for another house when Beasley came outside, pointed a firearm and told them to leave his property.”
For full context as to what the incident was, ESPN details more of it here.
“I will take this time to reflect on my decisions,” Beasley said in a statement via The Athletics’ Shams Charania. “I apologize to all the great fans out there who have supported me during this difficult time and I promise I will come back very soon as a better person and player.”
The news came just a day after Beasley had a huge game. On February 24, the Timberwolves tweeted this as Beasley put up 25 points against the Bulls that day:
On February 25, Timberwolves PR tweeted the announcement of Rosas’ statement regarding Beasley’s suspension:
On February 24, Beasley said in a Tweet: “Many times what we perceive as an error or failure is actually a gift. And eventually we find that lessons learned from that discouraging experience prove to be of great worth…”
On February 25, here’s what Beasley tweeted:
“I’ll be back in business soon”
Beasley tweeted this on February 27:
Before the suspension, on the court, Beasley became the fastest player to make 100 three-pointers in team history according to the Timberwolves.
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