The dispute between players of the Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons, which was triggered by basketball national player Moritz Wagner with a hard foul, has consequences for numerous participants. The NBA suspended both Wagner and ten other players yesterday. While the German sits out two games, Detroit's Killian Hayes received the longest ban with three games.
Hayes hit Moritz Wagner in the back of the head, causing the Magic's center to fall dazed into the Pistons' bench. The game between the two teams on Wednesday (local time) was preceded by a hard foul by Wagner, who had pushed Hayes sideways with a hip check while running back. Detroit's Hamidou Diallo then poked Wagner in the back, resulting in a two-game ban. The three players were disqualified in the game, which the Pistons eventually won 121-101.
Moritz Wagner's younger brother, Franz Wagner, has been banned for a game along with seven other Magic players. The bronze medalist at the European Championships had left the area of the own bench, which automatically entails a suspension. In order for the Magic to have the necessary eight players for a game, the bans of the banned players are split. Franz Wagner will miss Orlando's home game on January 4, 2023 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.