Pistons vs Magic fight: NBA suspends Killian Hayes and Moe Wagner amid brawl

The matches of the NBA have always been highly competitive among teams- every team tries to outplay the opponents and give their best to get the game in the bag.

However, when the competition is tight, and a team is running away with the match with a sixteen points lead, the situation might intensify to the point of a brawl on center stage; this is precisely what happened when the Orlando Magic were facing the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.

Wagner and Hayes got into it in the backcourt while chasing down a loose ball right before halftime of Wednesday’s game in Detroit. Wagner gave Hayes a hip check that knocked him to the floor as they approached the Pistons’ bench. Hayes reacted swiftly, rising to his feet to punch Wagner in the back of the skull.

After the incident, both Wagner and Hayes were ejected from the playing arena along with Hamidou Diallo, who was also involved in the brawl. Even though these players were removed, the match’s outcome did not change, and the Pistons went on to win the game with a twenty points lead. 

What happened to the players after the game?

As the match came to a close, the NBA punished the players who were spotted in the fight for their “unsportsmanlike act,” along with Wagner, Hayes, and Diallo- Cole Anthony, R.J. Hampton, Gary Harris, Kevon Harris, Admiral Schofield, Franz Wagner, Mo Bamba, and Wendell Carter Jr all faced suspension. 

Pistons vs Magic fight Killian Hayes Moe Wagner
NBA Suspends 11 Players Without Pay after Pistons vs Magic Brawl Read more: https://sportsbrief.com/nba/31283-nba-suspends-11-players-without-pay-pistons-vs-magic-altercation.

Magic forward Moe Wagner was suspended for two games, and Pistons guard Killian Hayes was given a three-game ban, while the others faced a game suspension each-all of these suspensions will be without pay. 

How did Fans react to the suspensions?

Fans did not seem pleased with the decisions of the NBA; many believed it was unfair towards the player as justice was not served accordingly.

A fan regarding the suspension wrote, “Lmao so Wagner gets 2 games for getting KO’d in the back of the dome and the entire Magic gets 1 for trying to keep him from getting jumped?? The guy who actually threw the punch only gets 3? Math ain’t mathin.”

“That’s ridiculous. Get a spine NBA.” another fan commented. 

A fan agreeing with the other comments wrote, “3 games for a punch to the back of someone’s head is super light. Should be seeing this once a week if that’s all they get.” 

Did the NBA make the right call? Was justice served, or was it unfair? Tell us what you think in the comments section. 


Tahsin Tahmid

481 articles

Tahsin Tahmid is a part of the editorial panel of Sports Zion. As a sports and art-loving person, he has the vision to provide authentic information. Being an optimist, he hopes to bring the world closer by spreading love. The NFL is Tahmid's favorite league, and following it, he is a massive fan of Tom Brady and Joe Burrow. On the other hand, when it comes to the NBA, Tahsin loves watching LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo perform.


Leave a Comment