It is never acceptable to resort to physical violence, particularly in a professional setting. The Minnesota Timberwolves made the right decision to send Rudy Gobert home after he threw a punch at teammate Kyle Anderson during their game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Violence has no place in sports or any workplace, and it is important for teams to take swift action to address such behavior.
It’s good to hear that Rudy Gobert has already apologized in the team group chat and that the Minnesota Timberwolves are hopeful that they can move past the incident. Mike Conley mentioned that they are all grown men and that they will speak about it and move on. 1 However, head coach Chris Finch tried to address the team when Gobert and Anderson were involved in a heated discussion centered on defense and rebounding. Then, Anderson told Gobert to “shut the f— up bitch,” and Gobert responded by throwing a punch at Anderson’s chest, but it did not land with much force.
There is no clarity yet on whether Gobert will face any discipline, but if the Timberwolves or the NBA decide to reprimand the three-time Defensive Player of the Year, it could have significant implications for them in the play-in tournament.