Sunday , Nov , 21 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

NBA suspends Artest for remainder of season

New York, NY (Sports Network) – The NBA showed no mercy on Sunday, suspending
Indiana’s Ron Artest for the remainder of the season for his part in a brawl
between the Pacers and the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

NBA Commissioner David Stern also announced suspensions to eight other players
for their part in the melee that started on the court and eventually found its
way into the seats and included the fans at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Artest’s teammate, Stephen Jackson, received a 30-game suspension, while
Indiana’s Jermaine O’Neal will be forced to miss 25 games. Indiana will also
lose Anthony Johnson for five games.

Detroit suffered it biggest loss with a six-game suspension to Ben Wallace,
whose two-handed shove to Artest’s face instigated the fracas.

Four other players received a one-game penalty for leaving the bench.