Sit back and get the kettle boiling, because we’re about to bring the tea! In the 3rd quarter of Tuesday night’s game pitting the Phoenix Suns against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Suns guard Devin Book and Timberwolves big man Dieng were ejected from the game.
With both going for a loose ball, Booker was unfortunately on the receiving end of Dieng’s elbow, causing him to fall over. This caused them to – of course – get in each other’s faces and subsequently get sent off the court. That didn’t stop them from continuing to talk and provoke each other while walking off. We’ve managed to collect a couple of videos that show the altercation from different viewpoints.
Here’s the official video:
12up has the tweet showing Dieng…”inviting” Booker to take it to the locker room and Booker taking that on:
Devin Booker going to meet Dieng in the tunnel let’s goooooo pic.twitter.com/eMIbyncefl— 12up (@12upSport) January 23, 2019
Devin Booker did NOT take getting ejected well pic.twitter.com/FMJVfxRWyw— 12up (@12upSport) January 23, 2019
When interviewed by reporters after the game, Dieng completely tried to downplay the incident and said all he wanted was to “exchange jerseys” with Booker. Does that look like a friendly invitation to you? And by the look on Booker’s face plus the way he tried to run away from security and into the locker room, it’s definitely more likely that the words Dieng threw were meant to keep the fight going. Either that or Booker was very excited to swap jerseys.