Nene has been suspended not only for tonight’s game against the New Orleans Hornets, but the next game in Dallas as well. According to the NBA the suspension was for his behavior during all three acts of the tantrum starting with the head butt, moving to the elbow and then for “physically confronting” referee Bill Spooner.
So much for accomnplishing the stated goal of a 2-1 road trip.
From the NBA:
DENVER NUGGETS NENÊ SUSPENDED
NEW YORK, Mar. 25, 2009 – Denver Nuggets Center-Forward Nenê has been suspended two games without pay for head-butting the Phoenix Suns’ Louis Amundson and physically confronting and making contact with a game official after his ejection, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
The incident, in which Nenê was assessed a Flagrant Foul Penalty Two and was also ejected, occurred with 7:25 remaining in the fourth period of Denver’s 118-115 loss to the Suns at US Airways Center on March 23.
Nenê will begin serving his suspension tonight when the Nuggets visit the New Orleans Hornets at New Orleans Arena.