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Warriors’ Marreese Speights ejected for grabbing Nick Young around the neck (VIDEO)

Dec 22, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

Early in the fourth quarter of the Lakers loss at Golden State on Saturday, Nick Young got into the lane for what was going to be an uncontested layup or dunk.

Marreese Speights didn’t want to give up the easy two points, however, and grabbed Young from behind around the neck to take him down. Words were exchanged, and Speights received a flagrant two foul and an automatic ejection.

It really just looked like Speights was trying to prevent the layup there, but he made an unnecessary decision considering his team was leading by 21 points at the time.

  1. Nostrils10 - Dec 22, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    WEAKKKKK… love the lakers but let these men play, sick of this ticky tack basketball… Flagrant 1 (if a flagrant at all)

  2. titansbro - Dec 22, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    10 years ago that was considered just a hard foul. NBA sucks now.

  3. jimsjam33 - Dec 22, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Flagrant One —He’s not trying to hurt Young .

    • Professor Fate - Dec 22, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      It doesn’t matter if Speights intended to hurt Young or not. That kind of play is dangerous and Speights earned that flagrant 2.

  4. norcalkingsfan - Dec 22, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    I missed the part where Speights grabbed Nick around around the neck.


  5. asimonetti88 - Dec 22, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    He bear hugged him, but he didn’t grab his neck. It was a lame move but not as malicious as it is made to seem

  6. shanelsweet - Dec 22, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    That’s not a basketball play at all, and for it to occur in the 4th Quarter with his team up by 21, he should be ejected and suspended for a game

    • muhangis - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:35 AM

      He held the guy up as he realized in the midst of his wrong, this is not an ejectionable move at all! If so, at least five or six guys in every game will be getting ejected. Basketball is supposed to be a physical sport to a certain degree.

      Shanel, what does “it occurred in the 4th qtr” have anything to do with it??? Your logic in every comment sucks.

  7. borderline1988 - Dec 22, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    ‘Hard fouls’ are when someone steps up in the lane to meet someone driving to the rim, and levels him.

    Reaching someone from behind and pulling them down from the neck is a dangerous play. It’s not a basketball play. Especially when someone is already going up; those kind of plays could result in serious injuries. Those plays do not belong in basketball and absolutely should deserve an automatic rejection.

  8. imakcds - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Yes, this is the No Balls Anywhere league nowadays, but that was unneccesary.
    I give Speights credit for trying to hold him up.

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