MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Timberwalls shooting guard Malik Beasley has been suspended for 12 games by the NBA for his recent guilty plea to a charge of bullying without violence.
The league announced the punishment on Thursday, which will begin with Minnesota’s game Washington on Saturday. Beasley is eligible to return on March 27 against Houston.
Beazley, in his fifth NBA season, is averaging a career-best 20.5 points.
He was sentenced to 120 days in prison for the Sept 26 incident earlier this month when he placed a rifle outside his home in suburban Minneapolis while on a home hunting tour. Police later found weapons and marijuana in the home.
As part of Beazley’s plea, prosecutors dropped the fifth-degree drug possession charge. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office said that Beasley could serve to stay in his workplace after his season was over; COVID-19 precautions may require the county to issue them on electronic home monitoring for the duration of the sentence.
Speaking on his remote treaty, he said, “I am not that person. I apologize politely for my actions. “
The organization fully supports the NBA’s decision, said Timberwells president of basketball operations Gerson Roses in a statement distributed by the team.
“As we work closely with Malik to further his development as a player and an individual, we look forward to seeing his growth,” said Rosa.