NEW YORK — Metta World Peace of the Los Angeles Lakers has been suspended one game without pay for grabbing Brandon Knight of the Detroit Pistons around the neck and striking him in the jaw, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, the NBA Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations.
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NEW YORK — On February 6, 1995, Vernon Maxwell, then a member of the defending NBA champion Houston Rockets, pulled a Ron Artest while Ron Artest was still just a 15-year-old, acne-faced sophomore at New York City’s La Salle Academy.
During the third quarter, with the Rockets trailing, 79-52, Maxwell did the unthinkable – he charged into the stands and punched Steve George, a 35-year-old fan, right in the kisser.
Commissioner David Stern’s hand wasn’t as heavy back then. Maxwell got a 10-game suspension and a $20,000 fine.
Maxwell was in the final year of his deal with the Rockets, and most around the NBA were sure he’d never play in the league again.
You can’t kick a ‘Cat in the balls.
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade has been suspended one game without pay for flailing his leg and making contact with the groin of the Charlotte Bobcats’ Ramon Sessions, it was announced today by NBA vice president of violence Stu Jackson.
The incident occurred with 8:12 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Heat’s 105-92 win over the Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena on December 26.
Wade will serve his suspension when the Heat play the Detroit Pistons on December 28 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
To view the play, click here:
By the way, this is the second groin-shot suspension of the season. DeMarcus Cousins had one against O.J. Mayo that you can watch here.
UPDATE: Jackson was fined for a hostile tweet directed at Oklahoma City Thunder big man Serge Ibaka. Currently sidelined by an injury, Jackson apparently watched Friday’s Lakers-Thunder game on ESPN and didn’t like what he saw.
Spurs GM R.C. Buford wasn’t exactly thrilled with Jackson’s use of social media.
“The recent public comments made by Stephen Jackson are absolutely unacceptable, cannot be tolerated and do not reflect the standards held by the San Antonio Spurs,” Buford said in a statement.
Wilcox and Scott were fined for separate incidents in separate games Friday.
Wilcox was fined for making an obscene gesture toward fans at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia in Friday’s 95-94 overtime loss. The incident occurred during a timeout with 8:47 left in the fourth quarter.
Scott was fined for public criticism of officials made after Cleveland’s 91-73 loss at Minnesota.
“It was that bad. It really was. It was that bad,” Scott said. “I mean I understand we’re playing in Minnesota, but 35-9, we went to the basket just as much as they did. I think we had 38 attempts in the paint to their 34, we get nine free throws, I think that speaks for itself.
All fines were announced by NBA executive vice President of basketball operations Stu Jackson