Sacramento Kings' Domantas Sabonis suspended one game for confronting, making contact with offici...

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022

The NBA suspended Sacramento Kings center Domantas Sabonis for one game without pay for "aggressively confronting and making contact with a game official," the league announced Wednesday.

Sabonis was ejected in the Monday night game against the New York Knicks with 4:35 remaining in the fourth quarter at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. The NBA said that after Sabonis received a technical foul for his reaction to a foul call he "approached and bumped the official in a hostile manner," resulting in a second technical.

The Kings said they disagree with the ruling.

"We disagree with the NBA's decision to suspend Domantas Sabonis. He is a consummate professional and the ultimate competitor," the team said in a statement. "We stand behind Domas, and he has our full support."

The suspension will cost Sabonis $127,586, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks.

Sabonis had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Kings in the 131-115 loss.

He is averaging 17.4 points, 12.8 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 11 games for Sacramento since being acquired in a trade from the Indiana Pacers before the deadline.

Sabonis will serve the suspension Wednesday night, when the Denver Nuggets visit Sacramento.

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