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CRAWFORD | Onuaku suspended for Thursday's game after flap with Barea

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GUAYNABO, P.R. (WDRB) — Chinanu Onuaku, during Wednesday night’s postgame handshake after U of L’s 96-62 loss to Puerto Rico, gave Puerto Rico star J.J. Barea a shove instead of a handshake.

That move will cost Onuaku one game in Puerto Rico, and maybe more.

Berea, according to most accounts, is a famous trash-talker, and even though he wasn’t playing on Wednesday, had plenty to say to the U of L players during the lopsided affair.

When it came time to shake hands, Onuaku wasn’t having any of it. But instead of bypassing Barea, he tried to sweep the NBA guard away with his left arm and elbow, and Barea grabbed Onuaku’s shirt in response.

The shove is one thing. Who Onuaku shoved is another. Barea is one of the most accomplished athletes in Puerto Rican history, and his teammates have his back.

In an interview with WDRB before the game, U of L assistant Kenny Johnson said, “We won’t see him tonight.” When asked if he would play the rest of the week, he said, “Everything is coach’s decision. I don’t know.”

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