Monday , Feb , 23 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Cleveland fined for ill-advised skit

=== Cleveland fined for ill-advised skit ===

New York, NY (Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers were issued a $5,000
fine for a skit that mocked former guard Ricky Davis upon his return to Gund
Arena on February 9.

Davis, now with the Boston Celtics, had his old No. 31 Cavaliers jersey used
by the team’s mascot to wipe the floor.

After a trouble-ridden stay in Cleveland, Davis was sent to Boston in a six-
player trade late last year. Davis was an offensive force during his time
with Cleveland while averaging 15.3 points and 5.5 assists per game, but
he clashed with new head coach Paul Silas, who wanted more out of Davis on
the defensive end.

This is the second time this season that the league has reprimanded a team for
an ill-advised skit. Utah was also fined by the league after putting a video
of Karl Malone on the scoreboard criticizing his new teammate, Kobe Bryant.