Ron Artest and
Stephen Jackson suspended for 7 games
The NBA cracked down on Ron
Artest (Sacramento Kings) and Stephen Jackson (Golden State
Warriors), suspending the players for 7 games in the 07-08
Saturday the NBA suspended the two central figures in the brawl
at the Palace of Auburn Hills for the first seven games in the
next season. The NBA spokesman Tim Frank commented on the heavy
sentences: "Both were serious offenses and each are repeat
violators of NBA rules."
The brawl with fans during a game
against the Detroit Pistons occurred in 2004, when Artest and
Jackson were Pacers teammates. Ron Artest got the most severe
fight punishment in the NBA - 73 games and the Playoffs, and
Jackson was suspended for 30 games. But the legal troubles for
the two did not end there.
In March of this year, after an argument
with his wife, Artest pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor
domestic violence charge, and the judge gave him 100 hours of
community service, and a $600 fine. As Ron Artest is currently
in Africa on humanitarian mission, his response to the
punishment will have to wait until he comes back to the United
Stephen Jackson pleaded guilty last
month to a felony count of criminal recklessness for firing a
gun outside an Indiana strip club last fall, and was ordered to
perform 100 hours of community service and pay a $5,000 fine. At
the time of this incident, Jackson was still with the Pacers.
In a public statement Jackson said:
"I accept the suspension, believe it is fair and definitely look
forward to having this entire process come to a conclusion in
November. Additionally, I apologize to my teammates, our fans,
our ownership and the NBA for the negativity this has created
and the poor example that I set."
The NBA's collective bargaining
agreement calls for a minimum 10-game suspension when a player
is convicted of or pleads no contest to a violent felony. While
the NBA felt these crimes fell short of that, it came down
pretty hard on both players.
Published on 07/14/2007