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Saturday, December 25, 2004

That's Just Wrong.

Despite what several national media outlets have reported, including ESPN Radio, a federal judge did not uphold an arbitrator’s decision to reduce Indiana Pacer Jermaine O’Neals’ suspension from 25 to 15 games.

The federal judge simply stayed enforcement of the suspension pending a full hearing later.

The sole issue before the federal judge is whether or not the arbitrator had any authority to arbitrate the severity of all the suspensions handed down by NBA Commissioner David Stern.

The federal judge will have absolutely nothing to say about the suspension itself.

The judge will answer a jurisdictional question only.

It is my prediction that the judge will uphold Stern’s absolute authority to discipline players under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement and O’Neal will have to serve the remaining ten games of the suspension.

Do not believe everything the meda reports. Not even ESPN.

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