Description and rationale
Violent or otherwise
egregious game-day
• Pattern of play
• Sideline conduct
Several varieties of misconduct involving players
or non-players, including:
• Deliberately and wantonly committing
violent fouls, behaving in an unsportsman-
like manner, repeated taunting, verbally or
physically abusing officials.
• Violent exchanges with fans or opposing
• 2004:
Malice at the Palace
: NBA Pacers’ player
Ron Artest enters stands during on-the-court brawl
between Pistons and Pacers, assaults a fan, and
is ultimately suspended for then record 86 games
(remainder of season). In all, 9 players suspended for
combined 143 games. NBA afterward institutes new
security measures for games.
• 2006:
Famous Head Butt
: French national team
captain Zinedine Zidane was ejected from FIFA World
Cup final in extra time for violently head-butting Ital-
ian defender who had taunted Zidane. Received three
game suspension but, instead he retired from football
and performed penitential community service. Ironi-
cally, won Golden Ball as outstanding player of the
FIFA World Cup.
• 2006, 2010:
Albert Haynesworth
: then-Tennessee
Titans All-Pro American Football player tackles and
knocks off the helmet of Cowboys centre Andre
Gurode and, with Gurode on the ground, kicked
and stomped his face, inflicting injuries requiring 30
stitches; Haynesworth suspended without pay for
an unprecedented 5 games. In 2010, Haynesworth
is suspended for the final 4 games of the season
without pay by his new team, the Washington
Redskins, for “conduct detrimental to the team”,
mostly his refusal to respond to coaching or play in
defensive schemes with which he disagrees.
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