Sep 13th, 2007 by Inside Hoops
The Indiana Pacers announced Thursday they have suspended second-year forward Shawne Williams three games for failing to adhere to standards of behavior expected by the team. The three-game suspension will be served for the Pacers’ first three games of the regular season against Washington, Oct. 31, Miami, Nov. 2, and Memphis, Nov. 3.
Williams and two occupants of his vehicle were arrested Tuesday morning by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police during a traffic stop. While formal charges have not been brought, the Pacers are disciplining Williams based on their rules and regulations pertaining to conduct of their players.
“We are making it clear to our players and our fans that this franchise is going in a different direction,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. “Shawne put himself in a position that placed the franchise in a poor light. He’s a good kid who made a bad decision. Our franchise is in a position now where the responsibilities, conduct and standards of the players off the court weigh as heavily as they do on the court.”