The situation escalated in the Wizards ’locker room, where they won 122-118 at home against the Thunder on Tuesday.
According to The Athletic, Wizards goalkeeper Kentavius Caldwell-Popa and center Montreal Harrel got into a physical brawl during the break and their teammates were forced to separate them.
Harrel was reportedly upset with Caldwell-Pop for not passing the ball in a clear game before the end of the first half.
The teammates, according to the outlet, had a heated conversation on the way back to the locker room, which caused Harrel and Caldwell-Pope to take blows, but could not contact him.
The incident led to increased security so that the incidents would not escalate further. Both players returned to the field in the second half.
Caldwell-Pope and Harrell did not address the report, and both the Wizards and the NBA disciplined both players.
Caldwell-Pope and Harrell both played key roles, scoring double goals in their win over OKC.
Caldwell-Pope finished with 16 points, including three 3-pointers, three rebounds and three assists. Harrell scored 12 points, 7 rebounds and two blocks.
Caldwell-Pope and Harrell were Lakers teammates in the 2020-21 season. They were part of a blockbuster sale of five teams of Wizards in the offseason that sent Russell Westbrook to the Lakers. Kyle Kuzma, who is spending his career season in Washington, has also joined the Wizards from the Lakers.
The Wizards (21-20) are currently battling for a playoff spot as 9th in the east.
Washington will host the Magic (7-34) game on Wednesday.