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Heat F Juwan Howard to appeal $35K fine

Posted on: April 1, 2011 3:23 pm
Edited on: April 1, 2011 3:28 pm
Miami Heat forward Juwan Howard says he plans to appeal his fine for a recent scrap with the Washington Wizards. Posted by Ben Golliver. juwan-howard

Back on Wednesday night, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall punched Miami Heat center Zydrunas Ilgauskas. While the blow barely faced Ilgauskas it did set off a chain reaction of pushing and shoving that would up seeing Wall, Ilgauskas and Heat forward Juwan Howard ejected from the game. On Thursday, the NBA suspended Wall for one game and fined both Ilgauskas and Howard.

On Friday, Howard told the Sun-Sentinel that he plans to appeal his $35,000 fine because he didn't think he should have been ejected in the first place and because he thought the amount of the fine was "very harsh."
"I wouldn't regret doing it if I had to do it again," said Howard, who said he merely was trying to protect a teammate. "Unfortunately, I just thought that the penalty was very harsh."
"I respect the fact that the NBA, of course, wants to take a stance as far as cleaning up the game," the veteran forward said, "but, unfortunately, a situation like that happened. Hopefully, we don't have to deal with it again.
Howard, who at 38 years old is one of the league's oldest players, has likely reached the point where this is all about principle. More power to him for standing up to the league office and exercising his right for a review. 

With that said, the judgment handed done seemed to be fairly consistent with other recent situations involving escalation. These situations do seem to be a point of emphasis for officials and the league, who are looking to crack down on the aftermath as much as they are the original hard fouls.

Or we could look at it this way: Howard is so old that he has a son in college. $35,000 is a year's tuition! Of course he's going to appeal.
Since: Oct 11, 2010
Posted on: April 1, 2011 9:40 pm
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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: April 1, 2011 8:16 pm

Heat F Juwan Howard to appeal $35K fine

The situation was blown out of proportion with the punch being thrown. You should know when you get in someone's face and try to swipe the ball you expose yourself to elbows. I watched the video over and over again trying to see if big Z did it intentionally and I just can't see it. If it was intentional the contact would have been more solid. One thing though is Wall should have been called for a foul on the play, before the second elbow even came close to him.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: April 1, 2011 6:26 pm

Heat F Juwan Howard to appeal $35K fine

McGee didn't do anything wrong. He's just moving to hold Big Z back from getting into it with his teammate. Juwan did come in swinging.

The guy that got cheated was Big Z. He shouldn't have been booted from the game. The refs were watching his elbow work against Wall and didn't call an offensive foul, why fault him after the whistle when he did nothing wrong after Wall's lame punch?

Since: Apr 1, 2011
Posted on: April 1, 2011 4:10 pm

Heat F Juwan Howard to appeal $35K fine

Where's McGee's fine or suspension? Howard I think was clearly just defending Big Z when McGee starts rushing him from the side. If you get Howard you have to get McGee too.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: April 1, 2011 4:02 pm
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Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: April 1, 2011 3:38 pm

Heat F Juwan Howard to appeal $35K fine

If he doesn't regret escalating the situation then maybe the punishment isn't tough enough?

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