Friday, December 16, 2005

A $10, 000 PENALTY FOR RON ARTEST

An All-Star and the Defensive Player of the Year in 2004, Artest has been placed on the inactive list by the Pacers. The Pacers have also fined him $10,000 for publicly requesting a trade, which is a complete violation of the new collective bargaining agreement. A release from the NBA said has made the statement that can be disadvantageous to the NBA. A public trade demand by players was a subject that was discussed at length during collective bargaining negotiations this summer and was concluded that the damage caused by these kinds of statements was commonly understood, as was the NBA's intention to hold players accountable for such statements going forward." Artest expressed his desire to be traded from the Pacers and said he wanted to play for either the Knicks or Cavaliers. Before being placed on the inactive list, Artest was averaging 19.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and a league-leading 2.63 steals in 16 games.

In November only, prior to his statement, Artest was suspended by the NBA for the remainder of the season; with 73 games remaining in the regular season plus the playoffs. This is the longest non-drug or betting related suspension in NBA history. Artest lost approximately $5 million in salary due to the suspension. Last season, Artest was suspended for 75 games - the longest non-drug ban in NBA history - for his major role in the brawl at The Palace of Auburn Hills on November 19, 2004. In the 2002-03 season, Artest was suspended for initiating a quarrel with Miami Heat coach Pat Riley and fined and suspended for smashing a TV camera after a game at Madison Square Garden.

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