Artest Suspended 3 Games, Fined $35,000

by Conrad Brunner

Jan. 4, 2003

New York, Jan. 4, 2003 - Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest has been suspended for three games and fined $35,000 for throwing a television monitor to the floor and then taking a camera away from a cameraperson and throwing it to the floor, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Senior Vice President Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred at the conclusion of the Pacers' 98-96 loss to the New York Knicks on January 3 at Madison Square Garden.

Artest's $35,000 fine will be applied to the damages to the equipment and he began serving his suspension when the Pacers played at Washington. Rookie Freddie Jones started in his place.