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Tyrus Thomas suspended one game for elbow

Posted on: January 17, 2011 11:23 am
Posted by Royce Young

Tyrus Thomas of the Charlotte Bobcats has been suspended one game without pay for his Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two against Emeka Okafor of the New Orleans Hornets.

The incident, in which Thomas made elbow contact to Okafor’s head and was ejected following the Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two call, occurred in the fourth quarter of the Bobcats 88-81 loss on Saturday to the Hornets in Charlotte.

Watching the play a few times, it's clear to me that Thomas's elbow was anything but intentional. Not to say Thomas doesn't deserve the Flagranat Two, but Thomas looks to just be clearing a rebound. You're taught that technique at all levels of basketball. Not the swinging your elbow into someone's face part, but you're taught to grab the ball, pull both elbows up and use that to keep people from swiping at the ball. Thomas made the mistake of turning his elbow into a weapon.

Thomas swung slightly, which is bad, but it really looked to me that he didn't know that Okafor was in the area. It kind of looks like -- at least to me -- that Thomas was just turning up court to make an outlet pass when Okafor stuck his face in the path of Thomas' elbow.

My point is, I don't think it was a dirty play by Thomas at all. He immediately walked up to Okafor and apologized and Okafor accepted it. Rules are rules and any time you make contact with an elbow to someone's face like this, the Flagrant Two hammer comes down, meaning an ejection and suspension.

Then again, there could've been intent behind it. That's why even with some gray area, the league is making the right call for a suspension. There's no room for high elbows to faces, even if it was unintentional. It's a dangerous play and swinging an elbow just isn't smart.

Good thing this didn't happen to Chris Bosh or he'd probably be filing a police report right now. Think of his family!

Thomas  will  serve  his  suspension  today  when  the  Bobcats  visit  the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center.


Since: Oct 30, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2011 4:06 pm

Tyrus Thomas suspended one game for elbow

Not intentional.  If you loook at the best big men in the league, Shaq, Dwight Howard, ETC. They all moe their elbows in that fashion during the rebound.  Tyrus was just unlucky.  Bad Call!

Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2011 11:23 am

Tyrus Thomas suspended one game for elbow

Clearly intentional. No way he didnt NOT see him. They were both going for the rebound.

Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2011 10:10 am

Tyrus Thomas suspended one game for elbow

I think you made a Typo... it was anything but UNINTENTIONAL. He is watching okafor out of the corner of his eye and clearly brings the left elbow up. Maybe you don't have enough basketball experience to tell...he even made sure he hit him, then wasnt sure if he should outlet it or not.... i'll assume typo... for you're job's sake.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2011 1:16 pm

Tyrus Thomas suspended one game for elbow

Um, Royce, watch the video carefully in slow motion. He quickly checked to see of Okafor was there and then quickly and sharply swung. An obvious foul that can easily lead to stitches or worse for the person on the receiving end. Thomas did everything properly except swing his elbow into Okafor's face, clearly on purpose. Instead of suspending Thomas, his punishment should be to try that cheap shot on Ben Wallace.

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2011 12:04 pm

Tyrus Thomas suspended one game for elbow

At least he helped Okafor get up, but that was obviously on purpose.

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