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Wizards' Kelly Oubre faces possible suspension after ejection vs. Celtics

Wizards' Kelly Oubre faces possible suspension after ejection vs. Celtics

The animosty between the Wizards and Boston Celtics came from two unlikely players, and it resulted in Kelly Oubre's first ejection in the NBA.

Kelly Olynyk had set some hard screens on Oubre before, and it all came to a head at 9:12 and the Wizards up 45-24 and in desperate need of a win in a semifinal series they trail 2-0.

Olynyk appeared to turn his shoulder into Oubre's chin and it was correctly ruled an offensive foul. But Oubre got up and charged full speed and slammed into him chest-to-chest to knock Olynyk to the floor in front of the Wizards' bench. 

[RELATED: VIDEO: Kelly Oubre gets ejected after shoving Kelly Olynyk]

After reviewing the play, Oubre was sent to the locker room because of a Flagrant 2 foul. He also ran through crew chief Monty McCutchen to get to Olynyk. 

The league office reviews all flagrants and has the option to upgrade or downgrade fouls and levy additional fines or suspensions and will take into account Oubre's contact with an official. If he does get a suspension in addition to his Flagrant 2, that's likely the reason. 

When the Wizards played at the Phoenix Suns earlier this season, it fined Jared Dudley $35,000 after he was ejected for a similar incident with Wizards guard Brandon Jennings. Dudley, however, was not suspended.

Before Oubre's blowup, Ian Mahinmi and Jonas Jerebko were giving technical fouls for their clash under the basket. 

[RELATED: NBA points out ref mistakes in Wiz-Celtics Game 2]

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Michael Jordan, Jordan Brand donating $100M towards racial equality and social justice

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Michael Jordan, Jordan Brand donating $100M towards racial equality and social justice

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand are giving $100 million to organizations dedicated to promoting racial equality and social justice.

In a joint statement Friday on social media, Jordan and the Jordan Brand said money will be paid over 10 years with the goal of "ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education."

"Black lives matter," the statement said. "This isn't a controversial statement. Until the ingrained racism that allows our country's institutions to fail is completely eradicated, we will remain committed to protecting and improving the lives of black people."

RELATED ARTICLE: BEAL THANKS D.C. MAYOR FOR BLACK LIVES MATTER PLAZA AND MURAL ON 16TH STREET

Jordan, the 57-year-old former Chicago Bulls great, is the owner of the Charlotte Hornets. The Jordan Brand is a subsidiary of Nike, the shoe giant that earlier Friday committed $40 million over the next four years to support the black community.

Jordan also released a statement Monday on George Floyd and the killings of black people at the hands of police.

"I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry," Jordan said. "I see and feel everyone's pain, outrage and frustration. I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough."

Floyd was in handcuffs when a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck as he pleaded that he couldn't breathe. Derek Chauvin is charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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Bradley Beal thanks D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser for new Black Lives Matter Plaza, matching mural on 16th street

Bradley Beal thanks D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser for new Black Lives Matter Plaza, matching mural on 16th street

Washingon, D.C. Mayor Murial Bowser had "Black Lives Matter" painted Friday on a street that leads up to the White House, an effort to honor those who have peacefully protested throughout the week following the death of George Floyd.

Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who has been active off and on social media in the fight against racial injustices, took to Instagram on Friday to thank Bowser for her act.

"There are people who are craving to be heard and to be seen, and to have their humanity recognized, and we had the opportunity to send that message loud and clear on a very important street in our city," Bowser said during a press conference Friday, via NBC News.

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Bowser posted a video to her own Instagram account on Friday, officially naming that section of 16th street 'Black Lives Matter Plaza.'

Earlier this week, the Wizards released a strong, unified statement on social media condemning social injustice, racism and police brutality. Multiple players, including Beal, reposted the statement on their respective Instagram story.

The message had four different statements:

"We will no longer tolerate the assassination of people of color in this country."

"We will no longer accept the abuse of power from law enforcement."

"We will no longer accept ineffective government leaders who are tone-deaf, lack compassion or respect for communities of color."

"We will no longer shut up and dribble."

Beal's Instagram post on Friday should not come as a surprise to anyone. In a recent interview with The Athletic, Wizards guard John Wall explained that Beal was the one who led the charge regarding the team's statement.

"We got a group chat that we have with our team,” Wall said. "Brad [Beal] started off with, like, this is what he was going to post, so we all agreed to it. We all agreed to it. We felt like it was a powerful message. We wasn’t going to force the organization or anybody to join us; this is the players coming together, and the organization came and did their thing."

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