Top Ten NBA Suspensions
In sports you are expected to play by the rules. If you don’t then you have to pay the consequences. Those consequences could be fines, suspensions, or even getting banned. The price that you have to pay depends on how serious your actions are. With Major League Baseball about to suspend Alex Rodriguez and 20 other player involved in the Biogenesis scandal, how about a look at suspensions in other sports. Here are the top ten NBA suspensions.
10. Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton: Arenas and Crittenton brandished firearms during a dispute over money owed after a card game on December 24, 2009. This happened in an NBA locker room and Arenas dared Crittenton to carry out his threat. The NBA suspended Arenas and Crittenton indefinitely (became the remainder of season) and and Arenas lost $7 million in salary. It’s the third longest non-drug suspension in NBA history.
9. Washington-Chicago: Washington Wizards center Brendan Haywood, guard Larry Hughes, and Chicago Bulls forward/center Antonio Davis and Eddy Curry were giving suspensions for altercations during their game on October 25, 2004. Haywood was suspended for three games without pay and Hughes was suspended for one game without pay for fighting with Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich. Davis and Curry were suspended for two games without pay. Hinrich was fined $10,000 for his role.
8. Darius Miles: Miles was given a ten-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy. In 2008, Miles sustained a career ending injury. According to Dime Magazine, the former Portland Trail Blazer was owed $18 million by the Blazers, but he would have to sit out the first ten games of any new contract because he hadn’t served his suspension.
7. Kermit Washington: Washington punched Houston Rockets Rudy Tomjaanovich during a game on December 9, 1977. Tomjanovich collapsed unconsciously and had severe facial fractures and injuries. Washington received a 60-day (26 game) suspension. It was the longest suspension in NBA history until Ron Artest’s suspension.
6. Dennis Rodman: In a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in January 1997 Rodman got tangled with a baseline cameraman while trying to get the ball after it rolled over the baseline. He kicked the cameraman so hard that the cameraman had to be carried out. Rodman was suspended for 11 games and lost approximately $1 million in salary.
5. Marcus Camby: Camby was poked in the eye by Danny Ferry and threw a punch at Ferry. No one was hit by the punch but Camby collided with coach Jeff Van Gundy. Van Gundy needed 12 to 15 stitches to close a cut above his left eye, according to ESPN. Camby was suspended for five games and Ferry for one.
4. Jermine O’Neal: O’Neal got into a fight with fans during the Pistons-Pacers brawl in 2004. He received a 25 game suspension but it was reduced to 15 after he appealed the suspension.
3. Carmelo Anthony: Anthony punched Knicks Mardy Collins in the face in 2006. He was suspended for 15 games as a result.
2. Latrell Sprewell: Sprewell chocked his coach P.J. Carlesimo during practice on December 1, 1997. He choked Carlesimo for yelling at him. Sprewell was suspended for 68 games, the second longest in NBA history, according to All About Basketball.
1. Ron Artest: Artest, who changed his name to Metta World Peace, charged into the stands and threw punches at fans during the Pistons-Pacers brawl in 2004. He was suspended for 73 games, along with 13 playoff game, and lost almost $7 million in salary. The suspension was the longest in NBA history