Thursday, November 8, 2012

NBA suspends Kings’ Robinson for two games


— The NBA has suspended Sacramento Kings forward Thomas Robinson for two games for elbowing Detroit’s Jonas Jerebko in the neck.

The play occurred with 10 minutes left in Sacramento’s 105-103 win on Wednesday night. Robinson, the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft out of Kansas University, was immediately ejected.

Robinson will miss the Kings’ games against San Antonio tonight and the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

The league announced the suspension on Thursday. Robinson will be docked $82,308 in pay for the two games missed, according to the Sacramento Bee.


David Leathers 7 years, 6 months ago

Is it costing him $80k for fines, or is he losing 2 games pay? Either way it's a lot of money; I know I'll never make that much in a week's time. Then again, I'm 5'8", 170 lbs. with a 14" vertical.

Watching the video of the elbow and reading the article, it seems like Jerebko knew he had something coming. Who know's what he did or said but just assuming that NBA players use psychological approaches to find an edge I'd bet it was something that hit TRob close to home. That being said, his coach said it best when he stated that Robinson will learn his lesson from this and most likely it won't happen again during his 15 year career.

Cole Hogan 7 years, 6 months ago

just missing a paycheck because he will be suspended

nostradavid 7 years, 6 months ago

Thomas will learn you have to make sure the refs are lookin' the other way before you deal a shot like that. Even that trick probably doesn't work anymore with ubiquitous video replay. He's in for a tough time when he returns. Opponents will be trying to get him riled up, and the refs will be watching him extra close. His game will have to do the talking for him.

hotrodm 7 years, 6 months ago

What an idiot. Thomas you will not last long in the NBA pulling this crap. Every ref will be watching you the rest of the year and will be calling every ticky tack foul they can on you. Wise up or learn to speak a foreign language, in your new country playing basketball.

Katie Bieber 7 years, 6 months ago

I don't know. The suspension has to happen, of course, but I've never played in any basketball game where a guy throws an elbow like that for no reason. Not even the silly rec center alpha d-bags who like to take advantage of no officiating don't throw elbows like that for no reason. Watching Jerebko's right arm in the replay, it just seems like there may have been a little extra-marital affection going on. It's $80K well spent. Besides if he's going to be under the officials' microscope now, it's also going to harder for anyone else to grab his junk. It works both ways.

Martin Rosenblum 7 years, 6 months ago

Every league has been focusing on "flagrancy" in the past 2-3 years. I think the refs are instructed to make examples early in the season to send a signal out. No, I don't condone thuggish, unprovoked or physically aggressive contact. But, from some incidents that have been highlighted recently, it appears that the game could get out of control if the league does nothing to occasssionaly make examples of scenarios like this. TRob just happened to get caught and got caught early in the season and his career. It won't taint him at all. I don't believe he'll actually be hurt by this, rather he may gain a pseudo "rep" as being a guy not to be toyed with on the court. Actually, I would have thought MCMorris would be a violater before TRob!

Jonathan Allison 7 years, 6 months ago

McMorris has had a technical or two this year already, but I don't think he's been ejected yet.

Thomas, even during his time at KU never did anything that violent and that obvious. He took his shots on guys for sure and he enjoyed making some intimidation plays like dunking on somebody and then walking over them or staring them down.

But when it came to actually violence he generally kept his cool. That's why this surprised me. He occasionally would getting into some shoving matches but he never tried to take anybody out, even last year when every team we played was cheap-shotting him all night.

He'll be OK, and he'll learn his lesson. But unfortunately this little matter does reflect on KU basketball. Even if he straightens up from here out, he's already been branded for this year and probably next year too as the guy who elbowed some Detroit d-bag in the throat.

poet008 7 years, 6 months ago

Not to be a KU homer, but if you watch the replay on youtube this is weak sauce. The other guy is dragging T-Rob out of the key and T-Rob gives him a nudge to get him off of him. The other guy then does a collosal flop - the thing the NBA was supposedly looking to stop this season.

ahpersecoachingexperience 7 years, 6 months ago

Total flop! Thought I was watching a soccer game when I saw the replay.

Ron Prichard 7 years, 6 months ago

Still, it was enough that when he was kicked out, TRob didn't argue or object. So, even though there was probably some acting on Jerebko's part, I'm pretty sure he was clocked pretty good. When someone who is 6'10", 250 lbs and sculpted like Adonis hits you even a little, you're going to feel it.

TRob will learn from this and move on. Plus, while guys may try to get in his head the rest of the season, they're also going to think twice about it. The psychological warfare goes both ways.

ahpersecoachingexperience 7 years, 6 months ago

Jerebko should be fined for his kidney punch and his flop. Euro trash!

Tony Bandle 7 years, 6 months ago

ahperse...totally agree...I would have turned and punched the guy for his assualt!!

debbiec 7 years, 6 months ago

So disappointing. Huge TRob fan - going to Southern California for vacation, and bought tickets for the game on Sunday when Kings play Lakers, and now I don't get to see one of my all-time favorite Jayhawks play.

SStock1083 7 years, 6 months ago

Personally, I love it. He's showing the veterans that he's not afraid to play with the big boys! Go TRob!

Dan Pawlowski 7 years, 6 months ago

I believe Jerebko definitely did something to provoke this. It is tough to tell exactly what in the replay. He definitely appeared to be doing a reach around during the play. Now what exactly he did with his hand we can't tell. But if did grab junk or "accidentally " hit a sensitive area (note the quotes) then TRobs reaction is understandable. As with all altercations in any sport it is always the last action that gets nailed.

texashawk10 7 years, 6 months ago

Yes there was a little bit of flopping going on during that play, but TRob's elbow had bad intentions and he should've been kicked out of the game for that regardless of how good the contact was. That was a thuggish move on TRob's part, and if he wants to learn how to retaliate with his elbow discreetly, he needs to go watch old Karl Malone film. Malone was one of the best dirty players in the NBA because he got his elbow shots in on people and made it look like he wasn't trying to hit people with his elbows.

SaltLakeHawk 7 years, 6 months ago

The other night, I cutoff Karl Malone on a highway near downtown Salt Lake City. He retaliated by knocking my car off the road--with his elbow. And nobody even noticed.

Dude's still got it.

Martin Rosenblum 7 years, 6 months ago

Thuggish? Artest is thuggish. Bill Lambeer was thuggish. TRob....not so much.

connhawk 7 years, 6 months ago

I can't believe people on here are actually defending T-Rob. Yes, he was a great player and a great person while he was here, but that does not excuse a vicious elbow to the throat. He absolutely deserved the suspension, and I hope he learns from it.

What would all of you be saying if a Missouri alum had done this?

Martin Rosenblum 7 years, 6 months ago

That's a trick question. Firstly, ARE there any former Mizz players in the NBA? Secondly, it really doesn't matter since nobody cares about Mizz any more!

Dan Pawlowski 7 years, 6 months ago

If someone grabbed your junk or hit you in the middle of sport you would just politely smile and say thank you? If so then you would not have been on the court in the first place. We can't tell exactly from the video what provoked it but it does look like something extracurricular happened. Given the nature of the reaction was out of character from anything TRob did as a Jayhawk I would have to say Jerebko definitely provoked it. If you pay attention to pro basketball or football for the last, oh , forever you would not be so quick to condemn TRob. He also should have earned the right for Jayhawkfans to think about what happened before being condemned. What TRob will learn from this is that there are ways to retaliate with out getting caught. If not he will be targeted as one you can get out of the game by grabbing his junk. Sorry it's a professional sport it is not the Boy Scouts.

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