Breakers NBL boss cops fine and suspension

Daniel Gilhooly
New Zealand Breakers owner and chief executive Matt Walsh has been suspended and fined by the NBL

New Zealand Breakers chief executive Matt Walsh has copped a two-game suspension and a $5000 fine following a verbal altercation with NBL commissioner Jeremy Loeliger.

Walsh and Loeliger were involved in a heated exchange after the Breakers lost their latest match 103-78 to South East Melbourne Phoenix in at Melbourne Arena on Saturday.

The Kiwi club's American owner was believed to be fuming over the contentious early ejection of star import guard RJ Hampton.

Walsh tweeted "WHAT A JOKE" soon after the ejection.

A short NBL statement on Wednesday night said Walsh was found to have breached the league's code of conduct and that no further comment would be made.

Walsh has until Tuesday next week to appeal the sanction.

As it stands, he will be unable to attend this Sunday's match away to the Perth Wildcats and another road match against the Adelaide 36ers a week later.

It adds to a disappointing start to the season for the Breakers, whose 2-6 record leaves them one loss away from the bottom rung of the competition ladder.