- Nick Friedell, ESPN Staff Writer
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CHICAGO -- Milwaukee Bucks point guard Earl Boykins has been suspended for Tuesday night's game against the Chicago Bulls for making "intentional contact with a game official," according to the league. The incident occurred at the end of the third quarter on Monday night during the Bucks 95-80 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
"It's unfortunate," Bucks head coach Scott Skiles said before the game. "He didn't mean it. It was kind of incidental contact. But on the other hand, the league's very clear about that and I understand it. They don't want guys having contact with officials, I think that's fair and it's just one of those unfortunate things. It just happened."
Boykins was very apologetic immediately after the incident and Skiles believes that may have saved Boykins from receiving an even harsher penalty.
"I was up at halfcourt right when it happened and Earl apologized the very second it happened and apologized again to Brian [Forte]. The league knows that Earl's not, in any way, a malicious character out there or anything like that. But on the other hand, they have rules that, there's a line you can't cross and we understand that as well."
Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.
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