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Dawson, Payne sit out half for MSU after incident

Dawson, Payne sit out half for MSU after incident

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Michigan State forwards Branden Dawson and Adreian Payne apologized after getting into a scuffle at a hotel before Wednesday night's game that led to police responding to the altercation.

Spartans coach Tom Izzo said no charges would be filed following the scuffle that started with the off-campus roommates needling each other and led to a dented wall. Dawson and Payne will pay for any property damage.

They sat out the first half and opening minutes of the second half. Payne finished with 20 points and seven rebounds to help the 18th-ranked Spartans pull away in an 81-72 win.

Dawson said the scuffle began over comments he made to assistant coaches about leaving practice gear in his room.

``It kind of got out of hand,'' Dawson said. ``We deserved it.''

Dawson (10.5 points) has started all 17 games this season. Payne (8.5 points) has started six, but has come off the bench recently.

``There were a couple words that escalated into an incident, a tussle. We were tussling and bumped into a wall,'' Payne said. ``I feel embarrassed and want to apologize to Penn State and our program.''

Penn State authorities have not named the players. Police Chief Tyrone Parham said officers responded Wednesday morning to a call from front desk staff at the Nittany Lion Inn of a report of an altercation on the second floor of the campus hotel, but Michigan State players had just boarded the bus for the Jordan Center by the time officers arrived.

Players were questioned off the bus. Parham said what started as a verbal argument escalated into punches being exchanged.

Both players had minor cuts and declined medical attention. Parham said Wednesday afternoon that the incident was under investigation and that both players were being considered victims.

Izzo also apologized and did not condone his players' behavior. But he said the altercation drew heightened attention because of social media - at one point holding up his cellphone while speaking with reporters.

The scuffle was like other minor scraps that have occurred over the years between teammates at times, Izzo said.

``It was a disappointing thing, one of those things. ... Again don't take this wrong, but if it wasn't for the Twitter era, it would be just another day,'' Izzo said. ``Unfortunately, the fight was in a hallway.''

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WATCH: Bradley Beal cross Andre Drummond into next week on step-back 3

WATCH: Bradley Beal cross Andre Drummond into next week on step-back 3

Bradley Beal didn't take long to add to his highlight reel Monday afternoon.

Beal just reminded Pistons' center Andre Drummond that he really shouldn't be out on the perimeter while on defense. 

After crossing up Drummond, Beal hit him with a step-back three and then reminded him that you should really slide your feet on defense. 

Beal is clearly having himself a week after getting engaged to his longtime girlfriend on Sunday.

Hopefully, Drummond learned his lesson.

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Bradley Beal's girlfriend Kamiah Adams announces the couple's engagement

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Bradley Beal's girlfriend Kamiah Adams announces the couple's engagement

The Wizards didn't play on Sunday, but Bradley Beal by far had his best day of the new year.

The 26-year-old proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Kamiah Adams, on Sunday, and Adams showed off her ring in a lengthy Instagram post.

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When we had first began dating, you helped me conquer a fear of Ferris wheels& heights... you took me to the top of the Ferris wheel in Vegas, and asked me to be your girlfriend. 4 years later, you helped me conquer the fear of opening up, being vulnerable, and not only loving someone unconditionally, but allowing myself to be loved unconditionally as well, and asked me to spend the rest of my life with you. I love you so so much. No one else id rather spend my life with. Thank you for helping me evolve into the woman I’ve become, and for constantly challenging me to become better each and everyday. I did then, I do now, and I will FOREVER. YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!! 💍🥰 🥺🥺😩😍

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"When we had first began dating, you helped me conquer a fear of Ferris wheels & heights... you took me to the top of the Ferris wheel in Vegas, and asked me to be your girlfriend," Adams wrote. "4 years later, you helped me conquer the fear of opening up, being vulnerable, and not only loving someone unconditionally, but allowing myself to be loved unconditionally as well, and asked me to spend the rest of my life with you. I love you so so much. No one else id rather spend my life with. Thank you for helping me evolve into the woman I’ve become, and for constantly challenging me to become better each and everyday. I did then, I do now, and I will FOREVER. YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!"

The couple has two kids together, both of which are boys. Their first son, Bradley Jr., was born in July of 2018, and their second son, Braylon, was born this past August.

Congrats to Brad and Kamiah!

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