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Warriors’ Festus Ezeli suspended one game for grabbing Tyler Hansbrough’s throat

Festus Ezeli

Rocky Widner

If you grab a player by the throat, you’re going to get a suspension.

That’s what Warriors’ big man Festus Ezeli did in his first game back from injury Friday night against the Raptors. Late in the third quarter Ezeli and Tyler Hansbrough battled for rebound position, they started to head back up the court and, likely after some words were exchanged, Ezeli turned and grabbed Hansbrough by the throat. The two squared off, but people got in the way before any punches were thrown, as is the NBA way.

The league came out Saturday and announced Ezeli was suspended one game. He will sit out Sunday vs. the Celtics.

Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr had planned to rest center Andrew Bogut on Sunday but now may have to change those plans, reports Monte Poole of