- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 5, 2003

THE WASHINGTON TIMES
What happens when an NBA player throws a television monitor on the court and breaks a television camera in an epic post-game tantrum? He gets suspended for three games without pay, plus absorbing a $35,000 fine, as the Indiana Pacers' Ron Artest found out.
The league levied the punishment after Artest's actions following a 98-96 loss to New York on Friday, and he began serving the suspension last night. The Pacers are not planning to appeal, coach Isiah Thomas said.
"He's got to take his punishment," Thomas said. "You can never put yourself in position to be at the mercy of the league."
Artest is known for having a bit of a fiery temper. Thomas said Artest, who is from New York, is "working on [his temper] internally" and "has a network to help him." Rookie Fred Jones started in place of Artest, who is Indiana's second-leading scorer at 15.8 points.
Before Friday, Artest's biggest break came two summers ago when he fractured Michael Jordan's ribs in a pickup game.
Duff Durkin


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