Minnesota Timberwolves Center Rudy Gobert Apologizes For Punching Teammate Kyle Anderson

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Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert wasn’t feeling forgiving on Easter Sunday — evidenced by an altercation with T-Wolves forward Kyle Anderson where Gobert unleashed his demons and tried punching his teammate.

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During a first-half timeout, Anderson appeared in the huddle, instructing Gobert on a play before the center walked closer and tried to clock Anderson.


Gobert’s attempt barely landed on Anderson, but the huddle broke out in chaos as players tried separating the two. Gobert was sent home after the altercation and forward Jaden McDaniels reportedly injured his hand punching a wall after the incident.

Timberwolves forward Taurean Prince got up and shoved Gobert before the French big man was escorted off the court. Minnesota announced shortly after halftime that Gobert was ruled out for the remainder of the Easter Day contest.

Gobert’s Actually A Fan Of Anderson

Adding a new dimension to the Minnesota beef was an excerpt shared by Timberwolves beat writer Chris Hine from a recent interview with Gobert.

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In the excerpt, Gobert defined Anderson’s leadership as “aggressive” while commending his teammate for the team’s general success this season.

“Kyle wants to win, and sometimes he’s a little aggressive in the way he talks, but I don’t take it personally,” Gobert told Hine. “I receive it in a positive way because it comes from a place of wanting me to be the best Rudy I can be and wanting us to win. I love his competitiveness, love the way he plays the game. The way he makes others around him better. He’s been a huge part of this year.”

Gobert did make it up with a public apology, hours after the game, where he cited his respect and admiration for Anderson as a teammate.

“Emotions got the best of me today. I should not have reacted the way i did regardless of what was said. I wanna apologize to the fans, the organisation and particularly to Kyle, who is someone that i truly love and respect as a teammate.”

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Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Jeopardy expert and grumpy sports fan that has watched every movie.

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