The 14 Strangest Fines, Ejections & Suspensions In NBA History

By: 12.03.12

In December of ’05, the Dallas Mavericks fined Darrell Armstrong $1,000 for picking up a microphone and shouting, “How ’bout those Redskins!” The incident happened prior to a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, just after the Dallas Cowboys had fallen victim to the Washington Redskins, Armstrong’s favorite NFL team. The money supposedly went to a charity of the Cowboys’ choice.

For his role in “Malice At The Palace,” the infamous brawl between the Pistons and the Pacers that took place on November 19, 2004, Ron Artest was suspended for the remainder of the season. He ended up missing 86 games, making his suspension the longest (non-drug related) in NBA history. His decision to enter the stands after being struck by a flying beer ultimately cost him $4,995,500 in lost salary. Artest’s teammate Jermaine O’Neal, who famously delivered a sliding haymaker to a fan who had made his way onto the court, only missed 15 games, but also lost over $4 million in salary.

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