Bucks guard O.J. Mayo was assessed a flagrant foul 2 and ejected for shoving Pelicans center Greg Stiemsma during Milwaukee's 112-104 road loss on Friday.
With the Pelicans leading 21-19 and a little under two minutes left in the first quarter, Stiemsma set a screen on Mayo to free Anthony Morrow for a jumper. Mayo took exception to the screen, which doubled him over, and he lashed out by grabbing Stiemsma's right wrist with his left hand before throwing his right forearm into Stiemsma's throat area. The blow sent Stiemsma's head flying backwards.
After a video review, Mayo was assessed a flagrant foul 2, a designation that applies for fouls the referees deem are “unnecessary and excessive” and which requires an automatic ejection. He departed with zero points (on 0-1 shooting) and one rebound in three minutes.
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Like all flagrant fouls, Mayo's will be reviewed by the NBA league office, which has the authority to tack on an additional suspension or fine.
"I reacted the wrong way and handled it for sure the wrong way," Mayo said, according to the Journal Sentinel.
This has been a particularly frustrating week within a nightmare season for the Bucks, who lost Ersan Ilyasova to a one-game suspension after he punched Kings forward Reggie Evans in the midsection on Wednesday.
Milwaukee's second straight loss dropped their league-worst record to 12-49. New Orleans improved to 24-37 with their second consecutive win.
Mayo, 26, is averaging 12.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists this season. He is on the books for $8 million.
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