NBA Suspends Timberwolves’ Guard Malik Beasley After Felony Guilty Plea
The league announced on Thursday that Beasley has been suspended for 12 games without pay. The suspension began with Saturday’s game against the Washington Wizards. Beasley will be eligible to return on March 27 against the Houston Rockets.
The guard was in the midst of his fifth season in the league and enjoying a career-best 20.5 points.
Earlier this month, the guard was sentenced to 120 days in jail for a September 26 incident. On September 26, the guard pointed a rifle at a family from his home in suburban Minneapolis while the family was on a house-hunting tour. Police later found marijuana in his home along with various weapons.
The 24-year-old took a plea deal for the charge. As part of Beasley’s plea deal, prosecutors dropped a felony fifth-degree drug possession charge. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office allowed the 24-year-old to serve his stay in his workhouse after the NBA season was over. Due to COVID-19 precautions, the Timberwolves’ guard could be released on electronic home monitoring for the duration of the sentence.
During the remote sentencing, the young guard said, “I am not that person. I humbly apologize for my actions.”
Gersson Rosas, the Timberwolves president of basketball operations, released a statement supporting the league’s decision to suspend Beasley. Rosas wrote in the statement, “As we work together with Malik to advance his development as a player and a person, we look forward to seeing his growth.”