Should Tristan Thompson be suspended?

On Friday Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers took a lot of heat after kissing sideline reporter, Allie Clifton. The power forward scored 17 points with 11 rebounds in their loss against the Dallas Mavericks (102-108). Unfortunately, based on his behavior he could be fined or facing suspension. According to ESPN, following Friday night’s game Thompson was interviewed by Clifton. During the he called the reporter Tina and then winked at her. When the interview was over he leaned over and kissed Clifton on the side of her head. In response to Clifton’s inappropriate behavior Clifton handled it professionally and brushed it off. While some feel the kiss is being blown out of proportion others feel he should be suspended or fined. Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo Sports described Thompson’s actions as sexual harassment. He feels you should not kiss anyone without their consent, especially when they are on the job!         The post Should Tristan Thompson Be Suspended? appeared first on Bask…

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Chris Walker Suspended 2 Games: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Florida forward Chris Walker has been suspended for the Gators’ first two games of the 2014-15 regular season and a preseason exhibition for a violation of team rules, head coach Billy Donovan announced at media day Wednesday.

Donovan did not disclose why Walker was suspended, per a report by The Associated Press (via ESPN). Andy Hutchins of Alligator Army pointed out that a three-game suspension is typically doled out to a player who failed a second drug test, though it is unclear if that applies to Walker.

The highly regarded sophomore will miss an exhibition against Barry University on Nov. 6 along with opening games against William & Mary and Miami. 

“It’ll be tough, but I can get through it,” Walker said, per Kevin Brockway of GatorSports.com.

Along with Walker’s suspension, Donovan announced freshman Brandone Francis has been ruled academically ineligible and will not play this season. A 4-star recruit and No. 32 player overall in the Class of 2014, per 247Sports’ composite rankings, Francis’ absence leaves Donovan without an expected contributor due to NCAA eligibility issues for the second straight season.

The one last year, of course, was Walker, who missed the Gators’ first 20 games of 2013-14 after receiving impermissible benefits and dealing with academic issues.

Viewed as a potential NBA lottery pick upon arriving in Gainesville, Walker’s 20-game absence left him behind the eight ball on a team competing for a national championship. Walker averaged just 1.9 points and 1.3 rebounds in 4.8 minutes per game for the Gators, getting 10 minutes of playing time in only a single game.

With a bevy of veterans from last season’s team playing professionally or out of eligibility, Walker enters his sophomore season with high expectations. He’s still viewed as a potential lottery pick, though not nearly the lock he was a year ago. His expected ascent is also being baked into Florida’s preseason expectations, with most pundits having the Gators as a top-10 unit. 

“I think the biggest thing, his biggest challenge this year, is going to be his ability to manage expectations,” Donovan said in The Associated Press report. “You hear all these expectations, and people look at the fact that he’s gotten physically strong and everything else. He has such a long way to go in terms of being reliable, accountable and disciplined. Those would be the three things I would say I don’t have a real good grasp on right now, but we’re going to find out.”

Walker is expected to help anchor the middle of the defense upon his return. A lanky 6’10″ forward with an explosive leaping ability, he should give the Gators a shot-blocking presence and be an open-court menace in the rare opportunities Donovan allows his team to run.

Walker will return when the Gators play Louisiana-Monroe on Nov. 21.

 

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Suspended Texas player Walker leaves school

Suspended Texas guard Martez Walker has left school

      
 

 

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Wizards and Bulls Players Involved in Altercation Fined, Suspended by NBA

DeJuan Blair, Nene, Daniel Orton and Xavier Silas of the Washington Wizards were each suspended for the first game of the 2014-15 NBA regular season for leaving the bench during an in-game altercation between teammate Paul Pierce and Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah in Monday’s preseason opener.     

The NBA levied the suspensions Wednesday, also fining Pierce and Noah $15,000 apiece for their roles instigating the scuffle. The incident happened early in the first quarter of Washington’s 85-81 win, with Noah first shoving Pierce and the Wizards forward retaliating with a poke to the head. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was forced at one point to get between the two players.

“It’s good for TV, I guess,” Pierce said after the game, per Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post. “I don’t know what to say. It just happened. It’s not scripted, but it just happened.”

Players who leave the bench during any altercation are automatically subject to a one-game suspension, according to league rules. It is up to the discretion of the league office to determine whether players violate the spirit of the rule.

The altercation happened in large part due to Noah’s unhappiness with a foul on Bulls guard Jimmy Butler. Pierce committed a seemingly intentional foul with a little less than nine minutes remaining in the first quarter, the first of many chippy plays throughout the contest. A Kevin Seraphin screen in the third quarter sent Butler to the floor and again caused tempers to rise.

After the game, the Wizards seemed to indicate their rough play was a “statement” to the rest of the league.

“That wasn’t a statement for just them!” Blair said, per Castillo. “That was a statement for the league!”

Washington made the postseason for the first time since 2007-08 last season, earning a first-round victory over the Bulls before losing to the Indiana Pacers in the conference semifinals. The return of Derrick Rose and high-profile signings of players like Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic have many slotting Chicago as a co-favorite in the East with LeBron James’ Cavaliers.

The chippy nature of an otherwise meaningless preseason game lends some credence to the theory that Washington isn’t exactly thrilled with being dismissed from the conversation. Pierce and Blair, who each signed multi-year contracts with the Wizards this summer, were the team’s two most notable additions. Washington also signed Kris Humphries, who will likely slot into the starting lineup with Blair and Nene each suspended for one game.

The Wizards open their regular-season slate Oct. 29 against the Miami Heat. The four players suspended will be eligible to return for Oct. 30′s game with the Orlando Magic, though it’s unclear if Orton or Silas will still be on the roster. Orton and Silas were signed on non-guaranteed training camp contracts this fall, and the Wizards already have 13 guaranteed salaries on their books.

If they are not kept for the regular season, Orton and Silas will be subject to a one-game suspension whenever they sign with another franchise.

 

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Nation, Vodanovich suspended indefinitely by JMU

James Madison coach Brady suspends Nation, Vodanovich indefinitely for violation of team rules

      
 

 

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Nation, Vodanovich suspended indefinitely by JMU (Yahoo Sports)

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — James Madison coach Matt Brady has suspended guard Andre Nation and forward Tom Vodanovich indefinitely for violating team rules.

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Missouri assistant AD Reiter suspended

Missouri assistant athletic director Dave Reiter suspended after DUI arrest

      
 

 

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Missouri assistant AD Reiter suspended (Yahoo Sports)

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s point man for men’s college basketball has been suspended indefinitely after he was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

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Iowa St’s Thomas, Nader suspended 3 games (Yahoo Sports)

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State’s Matt Thomas and Abdel Nader will serve three-game suspensions for offseason drunken-driving arrests.

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Nuggets big man suspended for failed drug test

J.J. Hickson likely failed a third test for marijuana use while he recovers from a knee injury.

      
 

 

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