Basketball: Greg Hire free to play for Wildcats after NBL reduces suspension

Greg Hire. Picture: Getty Images
Greg Hire. Picture: Getty Images

GREG Hire is free to play in Perth’s final two NBL fixtures after the NBL Tribunal today reduced his two-match suspension for striking to a one game suspended sentence.

Hire was cited and found guilty of striking Cairns Taipans’ Tony Mitchell during the game between the two sides last Sunday.

On Wednesday, the NBL suspended the Wildcats’ vice captain for two matches.

The club appealed the decision yesterday.

This morning tribunal chairman Tony Nolan QC assessed the charge as careless, high contact with medium impact.

Hire received a one game penalty, suspended due to his exemplary playing record and no previous tribunal appearances.

The suspended term will end at the conclusion of the 2017-18 season.

The decision means Hire can take the court for the Wildcats in its two must-win games against Sydney tonight and Melbourne on Sunday.