During Sunday night’s Trail Blazers-Thunder game, several players from both sides were involved in a scuffle. The incident started with Oklahoma City shooting guard Terrance Ferguson and Trail Blazers center Ed Davis, then spread through League MVP Russell Westbrook and reserve swingman Evan Turner.
Thunder beat writer Fred Katz reports that on the latter count, Turner has some measure of remorse for mixing it up (even understandably) with the 19-year-old Ferguson and has offered to pay the young player’s fine for the technical foul drawn from the incident.
Evan Turner from last night, after saying he would pay Terrance Ferguon's fine for the tech: "If someone was messing with Zach [Collins] & they were 10 years older, I would say, why would you bother him?...I don’t feel any good about pushing Ferguson, a 19-year-old." pic.twitter.com/KyWh0P8Clx— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) March 26, 2018
The text from Katz’s quote of Turner in larger print follows.
On seeking out Ferguson:
I didn’t really wanna — he’s a kid. He’s probably 10 years younger than me. I told him I’d pay his fine. It just happened. It’s basketball. There’s nothing much more to it, clearly. I respect those guys over there. They compete. It’s just a hard-fought game, and there was really nothing more to really drag on from this. It’s a frat.
On if Ferguson will bill him for the tech:
Whatever. I feel bad in general, because if someone was messing with [20-year-old] Zach [Collins] and they were 10 years older, I would say, why would you bother him — you know what I’m saying? — bother him, in general. I just pushed the first two people I saw, and me personally, I don’t feel any good about pushing Ferguson, a 19-year-old. You know what I’m saying?
According to spotrac’s NBA fines page, Ferguson will get dinged $2,000 for the technical foul.