Reducing Suspensions from Pistons-Pacers Game on Nov. 19. sign now

The NBA has just given ridiculous suspensions to some of the NBA's brightest talent. This petition is calling for a reduction of these suspensions to more reasonable figures. As humans, we have the right to defend ourselves regardless of the situation. We can expect athletes to try their best to control themselves, but we cannot expect athletes to perform as superhumans. The "what about the kids" speech does not apply here.

This is best summarized by Pacers' center David Harrison's statements:

"If someone is throwing something at you with intent to harm you, you're going to defend yourself," he said. "It doesn't matter if the person is a fan or whatever. I just wonder what would happen if we went to where they work and harassed them for 48 minutes to an hour and then threw a beer at them when they were trying to leave. We'd go to jail."

Harrison worried the severity of the punishment would overshadow the fans' culpability.

"A message is going to be sent to the players, but around the league, I don't know how you send a message to the fans," Harrison said Saturday. "That's going to be the only travesty about this situation."

Things were just as scary as the Pacers left the Palace.

"There was a time at the bus where they were telling us to turn off the lights because they were afraid people would shoot at our bus," Harrison said.

Harrison dismissed the notion that because the players are paid handsomely they should be able to deal with such situations.

"We endured the verbal abuse, did we not?" he said. "We do not get paid millions of dollars to get stuff thrown at us. Nobody gets paid to money to get stuff thrown at you unless you're a circus clown sitting in a booth. That's not our job.

"I don't care how much money I'm getting paid. If you're trying to harm me, and I'm in a position to defend myself, I'm going to defend myself."

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Latest Signatures

  • 27 December 2015100. Mark H
    I agree wholeheartedly with the need to police the game and protect the fans, but the players also need to be protected. The shameful inequity of the suspensions proves that there was never any intention to protect the players; if there was, the Pistons o
  • 06 December 201599. Jack G
    I support this petition
  • 25 August 201598. Roberta G
    I think is was an unfair ruling against Artest.
  • 16 August 201597. Terri B
    FREE THE PACERS!!!!!!!
  • 11 August 201596. Eddie H
    This sucks Mr. Stern...don't screw it up when hockey isn't available...people were turning to the NBA...now you are going to lose them i am afraid
  • 10 July 201595. Jerry I
    I support this petition
  • 20 June 201594. Marcia S
    I support this petition
  • 10 May 201593. Shane H
    If they do not reduce anyone sentences the need to give Ben Wallace 10 more games.
  • 03 May 201592. Jack B
    I support this petition
  • 05 April 201591. Thoma G
    Unfair ruling to Artest.
  • 01 April 201590. William D
    I support this petition
  • 04 March 201589. Sharkboy Stephens
    I THINK THE SUSPENSIONS SHOULD BE HARSHER. jACKSON SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN THE SEASON ALSO. AND A FEW GAMES FOR TINSLEY TOO! I HOPE DAVID STERN TAKES A CRAP ON THIS PETITON! LOSERS!!!!!!!
  • 09 February 201588. Don C
    I support this petition
  • 14 November 201487. Shawn C
    I support this petition
  • 20 October 201486. Kevin W
    I support this petition
  • 06 August 201485. Darnisha Y
    I support this petition
  • 05 June 201484. Jan Mcknight
    I support this petition
  • 01 June 201483. Brian N
    I support this petition
  • 09 May 201482. Sue I
    Please reconsider the length of these penalties or match the Wallace penalty to Ron Artest's.
  • 22 April 201481. Jennifer H
    I understand that Ron Artest going into the stands was unacceptable, however suspending him for the whole season is absolutely ridiculous, especially when Ben Wallace, the man who started this whole mess only received a 6-game suspension. I am asking that
  • 17 February 201480. Dawn B
    its a bunch of crapp!!
  • 10 December 201379. Ryan B
    I support this petition
  • 23 November 201378. Matt B
    can't justify his actions, but can't justify suspensions either...either everybody or nobody gets harsh treatment (ie ben wallace)
  • 16 October 201377. Jeremy K
    I support this petition
  • 04 October 201376. Damon M
    I support this petition
  • 07 September 201375. Gary C
    pacers and colts fan forever!!!!!!!
  • 16 August 201374. Ethan S
    I support this petition

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