Iowa Energy center Earl Barron has been suspended one game for striking Fort Wayne Mad Ants center Jared Reiner in the mouth, it was announced today by Chris Alpert, Vice President of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel for the NBA Development League.
The incident occurred with 1:54 to play in the second overtime on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009 in Fort Wayne. Iowa defeated Fort Wayne 140-137 in triple overtime.
Barron will serve his suspension tomorrow when the Energy plays at Fort Wayne.
NBA players are celebrities. The league is seen by much of the world. Everybody knows who the stars are. With 30 teams and at most 15 players on a roster, only 450 human beings on the planet can claim to be NBA players at any given time.
The select few dozen stars are household names.
And, these guys need to protest themselves.
Dave D’Alessandro of the Newark Star-Ledger reports:
Harris estimates that “Seventy-five percent” of the players own weapons. He personally said he doesn’t have one, because, as he put it, “I have a pit bull.”
If Harris was referring to the human variety of pit bull (a bodyguard), who may in turn carry his own weapon, he didn’t say.
While the NBA wants its players to get over its obsession with firearms, most gun-owning players feel justified in carrying them because they are very tall and wealthy targets.
Sometimes, through no fault of their own whatsoever, violence finds them just because of what they drive.
Life can be complicated when random strangers passing by you all know who you are, but you don’t know them.