Cavs' Emoni Bates suspended two games after altercation in stands at G League game

FILE - Cleveland Cavaliers forward Emoni Bates (21) plays during a preseason NBA basketball game against Maccabi Ra'anana, Monday, Oct. 16, 2023, in Cleveland. Cavaliers rookie forward Emoni Bates was suspended two games without pay by the NBA G League on Monday, Jan. 22, 2024, for going into the stands following a game with the Cleveland Charge over the weekend. NBA G League president Shareef Abdur-Rahim announced that Bates and Charge teammate Gabe Osabuohien were suspended for “entering the spectator stands” following a game in Birmingham on Saturday. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Emoni Bates entered the stands following the Cleveland Charge's 126-105 loss to the Birmingham Squadron on Saturday.

On Monday, NBA G League president Shareef Abdur-Rahim announced that the Cleveland Cavaliers forward was suspended two games, without pay, for the postgame incident.

No additional details were provided, except that Bates would be joined in his suspension by teammate Gabe Osabuohien for the same offense.

The duo's suspension begins Monday, when the Charge visit the Osceola Magic, the G League said.

Bates, 19, has dealt with turbulence in his career prior to reaching the pros. He fell to the Cavs at No. 49 in last year's draft due to off-field issues. He was suspended at Eastern Michigan following an arrest for felony gun charges before they were eventually dismissed.

In 10 games in the NBA, Bates, who is 6-foot-9, is averaging 1.8 points in 7.6 minutes.