In his NBA draft analysis, ESPN’s John Hollinger predicted that between first-round draft pick Thomas Robinson and third-year center DeMarcus Cousins, the Sacramento Kings “should absolutely destroy opponents on the glass.”
That destruction took on a different form on Wednesday night when Robinson blasted Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko with a violent elbow to the throat early in the fourth quarter. Jerebko had his hands on Robinson’s waist at the time, but did not appear to do anything to incite the act.
Officials called a Flagrant 2 foul and instantly ejected Robinson, who calmly walked off the floor and into the locker room as if nothing had happened. A Flagrant 2 carries an automatic one-game suspensions, but Sacramento Bee reporter Ailene Voisin speculated that Robinson could be suspended for multiple games.
After the game, Robinson did what athletes do after they make a mistake these days – he apologized on Twitter.
Apologize for my actions mistakes happen I take full responsibility lost my cool will never happen again !
— thomas robinson (@Trobinson0) November 8, 2012
Jerebko struggled to catch his breath initially, but was able to return to the game. He later said he was “just stunned.”
(H/T Big Lead Sports)