Timberwolves reject ruling that Ben Simmons was 'peacemaker' in Embiid-Towns fight

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Ben Simmons headlocks Karl-Anthony Towns after NBA fight with Joel Embiid

Towns didn't get into specifics, instead saying, "It was a competitive game" in response to multiple questions about the fight.

In all honestly, Embiid didn't seem especially regretful regarding the altercation, as he takes pride in getting under his opponent's skin - something he feels like he achieved with Towns on Wednesday night. While Embiid quickly exited the pile - mostly composed of team security and assistant coaches - but Simmons remained quite literally locked in on Towns for what felt like ages. One might even conclude it's art. I don't think we played our game.

Both Embiid and KAT were ejected from the game as a result. Embiid, 25, was averaging 26.6 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, 1.5 steals and two blocks through two games. I just did what I had to do, trying to control myself and it happens, ' Embiid continued.

Embiid was also seen laughing at Towns after the two were finally separated at Wells Fargo Center. "I like to get inside people's minds", according to The Athletic's Derek Bodner. We were playing a different type of basketball.

Bobby Marks of ESPN notes that the severity of the brawl will likely warrant multi-game suspensions for both players.




Early Thursday morning, Towns posted on Instagram a number of pictures of the brawl and a picture of Embiid appearing to cry, with the caption "I aIN't nO B***** RaiSeD ARoUnD LiOnS". Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders rang the bell and teammates Carson Wentz, Alshon Jeffery and several other players watched from a suite.

However, Embiid clapped back, taking aim at the former rookie of the year and one-time All-Star's lack of playoff experience.

The Sixers won, 117-95, but no one cares about that.

Embiid reveled in the skirmish on his way off the court, shadow boxing and pumping his arms to the frenzied Sixers fans before disappearing into the tunnel.

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