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Armstrong: NBA setting the right tone with suspensions

Jack Armstrong
1/27/2010 10:00:30 PM
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I totally agree with the decision of Commissioner David Stern to suspend Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton for the remainder of the season without pay.

This is a strong message by the NBA. I do think that it took a long while for this to happen but it was the right decision nonetheless, and it sets the tone throughout the league that this isn't going to be tolerated.

It was a ridiculous act by Mr. Arenas and Mr. Crittenton to begin with and now, when you look at the situation for the Washington Wizards, lots of decisions need to be made on these two players with regard to when they come back, if they come back.

A lot will depend on the legal system, seeing things through and how it's all handled, but when it's all said and done, if you look at Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton, quite frankly, they're lucky it hasn't come down even harder on them, but they have to hope that the NBA lifts the window and allows them to play next year.

I wouldn't be surprised if the suspensions go a little further into next year to set a further tone.

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