In the past on TNLP, we’ve noted some pretty bizarre ways where NBA players have injured themselves and last night, Miami Heat forward Michael Beasley is the latest in this club.
Apparently, Beasley was not too pleased with a traveling violation during last night’s preaseason game against the Detroit Pistons and decided to punch himself in the head.
Here’s the full details from the Miami Herald:
Michael Beasley is pretty hard on himself sometimes. Beasley received his first minutes of playing time and he was great. He scored nine points in his first five minutes of action and was diving on the floor and doing things coaches generally like to see out of players trying to make a roster. Of course, Beasley also did something a little odd after one offensive play. Upset with himself over a mistake, Beasley started punching himself in the head while running back on defense. He punched himself so hard that he needed treatment after the game from the Heat’s trainer. Steel compresses (like the ones cut doctors use in boxing) were applied to Beasley’s brow in the locker room.
Update: Here is video of Beasley punching himself in the head:
Update 2: Another twist to the Beasley story: Michael has claimed that his self-punches didn’t cause the injury but instead it was caused during a collision with Detroit’s Jonas Jerebko.
Correction: The original post said that Beasley punched himself over a missed shot instead of a traveling violation.
Michael Beasley image courtesy of Getty Images