Fred VanVleet laughed after the Raptors-Lakers clash
Apparently, Fred VanVleet is not in favor of NBA disciplinary policies.
The league announced on Thursday that the Raptors guard, teammate DeAndre ‘Bembry, and Talen Horton-Tucker Lakers have each suspended a game of guard without paying to leave the banking areas in Tuesday night’s game between Toronto and Los Angeles. In addition, the Raptors overtook OG Anunoby ($ 30,000) and the big Montrezl Harrell Lakers men ($ 20,000) were fined for their roles in a court dispute.
At the end of the first quarter of that contest, Lakers guard Dennis Schroder missed Anunoby and mingled with him after the whistle. Anunoby grabbed Schroder by the leg and threw him to the ground, which jumped Harrell and a bunch of other players. After a lengthy review of the play, Anunoby and Harrell were expelled.
Upon learning that he had received a break, VanVleet offered a brief reaction on Twitter: “Lol.”
It seems strange that VanVleet, Bembry, and Horton-Tucker were canceled because they had the least direct involvement in the frocks. Unfortunately for these guys, there is no shade of gray when it comes to leaving the bench, even if a player is trying to undo the situation.
Hey, if nothing else, VanVleet may find comfort in knowing it could have been worse. Imagine if he could have done that in a big playoff series! (Sorry, Suns fans.)