Stern tough but fair
David Stern’s tough suspensions of Ron Artest and the other Pacers were right on the money. These guys should know better, and a slap on the wrist would have sent the wrong message. Yes, the fans were cretins, but the Pacers who went into the stands violated a cardinal rule – you don’t cross that barrier into the stands and attack fans.
NBA players are making enough money that they ought to be able to show some restraint. That’s part of the game, ignoring the idiots and jerks who throw beer. Funny, isn’t it, that Artest backed down from Ben Wallace and went after a little, drunk nerd in the stands.
The only fault I can find with Stern is that he should have suspended the other Pacers who went into the stands for the season, as he did Artest.
I can guarantee players in the future will think twice, three and even four times before they pull that kind of stunt.
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I think that something else is worth mentioning. Getting hit in the face with a beer does not give you carte blanche to punch somebody out. For those who think that Mr.Stern was unjustified or overzealous, we'll see when the players who attacked fans are put on trial & threatened with jail time. Mr. Stern's punishment will not look so bad compared to being charged with a crime.
Here's another one. Since when does it prove that you're a man because you choose to fight ? This proves that you are still a CHILD emotinally.
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