Perth Wildcats’ Greg Hire appeals two-game NBL suspension

Perth Wildcats’ Greg Hire appeals two-game NBL suspension

THE Perth Wildcats are appealing a two-game suspension handed down to Greg Hire who is accused of striking Cairns player Tony Mitchell in Sunday’s loss to the Taipans.

Hire was looking to cut through the key in the final period when he caught Mitchell with an errant elbow to the face as the Cairns import attempted to impede his path.

The hearing will take place at the NBL offices at noon (AEDT) in Melbourne tomorrow.

It is a risk for the vice captain, who will miss the crucial last two games of the season if found guilty.

He had the option of accepting a one-match ban with an early guilty plea but opted to have it heard by the Single Member Tribunal.

The Game Review Panel denied a request from the Wildcats to have the hearing conducted on Saturday because it was against tribunal guidelines, which state an appeal must be heard “as soon as reasonably practicable”.

The panel found Hire’s conduct was intentional, medium impact and high impact.