Monday , Feb , 05 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Payton suspended for one game

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Heat guard Gary Payton was suspended without pay
for Miami’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats Monday night for verbally
abusing officials last weekend.

Payton was ejected just before halftime of Miami’s 117-98 win over the
Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. He went on to berate official Mark Davis,
apparently using obscenities, before leaving the court.

Payton was starting in place of regular point guard Jason Williams, who is
sidelined with an abdominal strain. Rookie guard Chris Quinn made his first
career start in Payton’s place on Monday night.

The 38-year-old Payton is averaging 5.6 points and 2.9 assists per game this