Bradley Beal Fined for Grabbing Evan Fournier's Throat: Details and Reaction

WASHINGTON, DC -  NOVEMBER 21: Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards is seen during the game against the Phoenix Suns on November 21, 2016 at Verizon Center in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 27, 2016

The NBA announced Sunday it fined Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal $15,000 after he grabbed the throat of Orlando Magic swingman Evan Fournier during his team's 94-91 win Friday night.

Referees issued technical fouls against both players during the incident.'s Chris Towers was surprised Beal only received a fine:

The altercation with Fournier continued what has been an underwhelming 2016-17 season for Beal and the Wizards.

The 23-year-old sharpshooter, who's in the first year of a five-year, $127 million deal, is averaging a career-high 20.1 points a game, but his field-goal percentage has dropped from 44.9 percent in 2015-16 to 42.9 percent. He's also shooting a career-worst 35.5 percent from beyond the arc.

More importantly, the Wizards are 5-10, two games back of the Indiana Pacers for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. A second straight season without postseason basketball is a real possibility for Washington, which would be a major disappointment.

Last Wednesday, Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher wrote that as a result of the team's struggles, questions are being asked as to whether Beal and John Wall are the right tandem to take the franchise forward.

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