Thursday , Jan , 19 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Knicks’ Davis gets five games

New York, NY (Sports Network) – New York Knicks forward Antonio Davis
has been suspended for five games without pay for going into the stands in
Wednesday’s game against the Chicago Bulls.

“We have made it plain to our players and our fans that players may not enter
the spectator stands, no matter the provocation, and the violations of this
policy will be treated with the utmost seriousness,” said NBA senior vice
president of basketball operations Stu Jackson. “We have concluded, however,
that Antonio’s actions were the result of his belief that his family members
required his immediate assistance, and have taken those mitigating
circumstances into account in setting the length of the suspension.”

The president of the NBA Player’s Association ran into the stands with 1:04
remaining in the overtime period of the Knicks’ 106-104 loss at the United
Center. He allegedly saw his wife being threatened by a fan who may have been
intoxicated. The forward threw no punches and seemed to remain calm throughout
the encounter.

Davis’ suspension will begin for tonight’s game against the Detroit Pistons
and will continue through the rest of the homestand with the New
Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, Sacramento Kings and Orlando Magic. He will
return to action after the Philadelphia 76ers game on January 28.

NYK