Wednesday , May , 04 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

NBA fines Grizzlies G Williams

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Memphis Grizzlies point guard Jason Williams
was slapped with a $10,000 fine Wednesday for his behavior following Sunday’s
loss to the Phoenix Suns.

After the Grizzlies were swept in the opening round of the 2005 playoffs on
Sunday, Williams grabbed a pen from Geoff Calkins, a columnist for The
Commercial Appeal. Williams took a pen from Calkins twice and hollered in his
ear while the reported tried getting quotes from other Memphis players.

Williams was upset over a critical column Calkins wrote about the Grizzlies’
efforts in the post-season. Calkins also added a quote from Williams, “I’m
happy. I go home and see my kids and my wife and I’m OK. All of this (stuff)
is secondary to me.”

Williams had to be restrained by teammate Mike Miller and later escorted from
the locker room by a team official.

The 29-year-old Williams, who set a playoff-high with 21 points in Game 2 and
had 20 points and eight assists in Game 4, was selected in the first round of
the 1998 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings.