Orlando Magic’s Mo Wagner appears to be KNOCK OUT in courtroom brawl with Detroit Pistons as three players are ejected… bringing back memories of The Malice at the Palace
Orlando Magic’s Mo Wagner appears to have been knocked out in a brawl between the Detroit Pistons and the visiting team on Wednesday night.
Wagner appeared to be briefly KO’d with a blow to the back of the head after starting a fight that led to three ejections Wednesday night in a scene that triggered memories of an ugly brawl in Detroit 18 years ago the past – The Malice at the Palace.
Wagner was ejected for the flagrant foul, along with Detroit’s Killian Hayes and Hamidou Diallo, who were also ejected for their actions in the ensuing scuffle. Detroit was able to win 121-101.
Hayes lowered his right arm and struck Wagner, who fell and appeared to be momentarily unconscious. This was followed by a hip-check by Wagner on Hayes who got up angrily and reacted with force.
The Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons both had a rough start to Wednesday night’s game
Wagner appeared to have been briefly KO’d by a blow to the back of the head during the fights
Wagner appeared shaken but his younger brother and teammate confirmed he was ‘fine’
Following the game Wagner’s younger brother – and Magic Teammate – Franz confirmed to the AP that his brother is ‘fine.’
‘I haven’t seen the video,’ he said. ‘But I know that’s the last thing he wants to do.’
With 34 seconds left in the first half, Wagner and Hayes chased down an errant Magic pass in the backcourt. Wagner knew Orlando was going to be called for a backcourt violation the moment he touched it, and as he slowed it down to release it, Hayes tried to pass him on the sideline.
Wagner’s check on Hayes on the Detroit bench set off a scuffle involving every player on both teams.
Moritz Wagner was hit from behind by Killian Hayes before the half in the Magic’s loss
The Pistons overcame a double ejection to beat the Magic 121-101 and in doing so snapped a six-game losing streak.
Several Orlando players could be facing suspension for leaving the bench area during the first half scrimmage.
Franz Wagner, Cole Anthony, Wendell Carter Jr, Gary Harris, Mo Bamba, RJ Hampton, Terrence Ross and Admiral Schofield were the players out of the game as the Orlando bench was empty.
‘I need an explanation about the decision because my understanding is you can’t leave the bench area and escalate a situation,’ Pistons coach Dwane Casey said postgame. ‘That’s when really bad things can happen.’
Wagner and Hayes went at it in the first half – both in and out of the game – before being ejected
Franz Wagner said Magic players didn’t feel like they had a choice.
‘We know the rule, but things like this usually happen in court, not in one of the benches,’ he said.
‘Your concern is that your teammate is down in the middle of the whole other team.’
With memories of The Malice at the Palace from 2004 – where fans were among the fracas – very much on the minds of many inside Little Caesars Arena, the Pistons announcer assured that nothing like that would ever happen.
‘Stay in your seats. The moment you move, you’ll be in jail,’ he told the PA.