Originally Posted by rubaiyat
And how is this any different from what happens at a hockey match or baseball game?
I actually find the singling out of basketball players to honestly be tinged in racism consciously or not.
When two hockey players throw down the crowd is cheering them on. Heaven forbid two or more highly competitive basketball players tussle on a much lower level (when's the last time you saw a punch that drew blood in the NBA)??
Maybe people get a bit more uppity about a bench clearing baseball tussle..but no one wrings their hands about the children when Clemens shaves someone's head with a fastball. Heck, it's an unwritten rule to bean an opponent if your player gets hit.
well, clearly the nba standard is not set by what other sports consider allowable. i've seen this argument before - it doesn't have much merit.
stern is obviously setting a tone that in the nba (notice, no nfl, nhl, etc.) these actions are unacceptable.
the suspensions and fines can be called in to question - but not against another sport. that's silly.