Michael Jordan Reggie Miller fight
CHICAGO, Feb. 12— The nationwide Basketball Association suspended jordan these days for example game and fined him $10, 000. The activity took the league's most effective player and leading scorer out of today's nationwide televised online game between the Bulls together with Knicks.
Jordan was suspended for punching Reggie Miller of the Indiana Pacers during Wednesday night's online game in Indianapolis. Miller was fined $6, 000 but he had been maybe not suspended.
Controversy surrounded the Jordan-Miller incident. Jordan had not been ejected if not offered a foul after the fight, but Miller had been ejected. That infuriated the Pacers shield, whom contended that a double standard been around inside league because of Jordan's superstar status.
After reviewing tapes for the event and conducting an investigation, the league ruled that Jordan's behavior warranted discipline. 2nd Suspension System
"Michael threw a punch that connected and that is an automatic one-game suspension system, " said Rod Thorn, the league's vice president of functions together with person in charge of levying fines. "In taking a look at tapes, during my brain, Michael had been the aggressor in whole event."
The suspension had been the next in Jordan's nine-year job. He was forced to stay aside one online game last season for having bumped a referee.
Asked these days about Jordan's suspension, Knicks Coach Pat Riley said:
"I'm slightly amazed, given that it looks like a knee-jerk reaction to a thing that was not taken care of the very first night. That's the way I look at it. That skirmish shouldn't have warranted either guy becoming suspended. They should've both already been dumped regarding the game." Quickness by Design
Thorn said that Jordan was not ejected because none associated with three officials - Jess Kersey, Ted Bernhardt and Ronnie Nunn - saw Jordan's punch.
"Things don't go in slow-motion if they happen, plus the referees do not have the blissful luxury of viewing one thing in slow-motion on videotape before they generate a decision, " Thorn said. "They did not start to see the punch. We tell our officials everyday, 'Don't phone issues do not see.' which is when you begin guessing and also you get in trouble."
Asked how he would respond to whoever suggested your league suspended Jordan because it wished to make up for exactly what seemed to be preferential treatment on Wednesday, Thorn said:
"which is not real. This choice was made because he put a punch that arrived."
Thorn in addition said the league wished to do something before the Bulls played another game. It will be the league's policy to levy fines and suspensions as soon as possible.