Gobert After Turner Fight: ‘Guys Are Not About That Life’

Nov 11, 2021, 10:24 PM | Updated: 11:40 pm
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Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz reacts after dunking during the third quarter of the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on March 06, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)
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SALT LAKE CITY – Rudy Gobert had strong words for anyone looking to pick a fight after he and Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner were ejected in the Utah Jazz 111-100 loss Thursday night.

Gobert and Turner got into the fight after the Pacers center blocked his shot, and the two went tumbling to the floor. The Jazz center pulled Turner to the floor, and when they got up to run back down the floor, the Pacers big man checked Gobert.

Gobert quickly wrapped up Turner and both players were ejected, though no punches were thrown.

“Guys need to stop acting like they’re going to fight because they know that in two seconds there’s going to be 20 security guards in between us,” Gobert said.

“Guys that are not about that life need to stop acting like they are because at some point, I might have to stand up for myself.”

Gobert didn’t go as far as to call out Turner by name but said if any NBA players wanted to challenge him in a fight, it wouldn’t be hard to find him off the floor.

“I’m not going to fight on the basketball court,” Gobert said, “But if somebody wants to fight, I’m easy to reach. I’m very easy to reach, I’m just not going to do it on social media.”

Gobert wasn’t the only Jazzman to get ejected after shoving match as both Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles were also thrown out of the game.

After the win, Turner said he “thought it was a dirty play” from Gobert that led to the altercation.

“I had to stand up for myself in that situation,” Turner said. “I don’t think I did anything wrong.”

The Jazz had been frustrated by the Pacers physicality all night before things reached a boiling between the two starting centers.

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