Prior to the season, the NBA made it a goal to have players argue less with the referees. One of the main culprits in recent years was Stephen Jackson of the Charlotte Bobcats. On Tuesday, Jackson was made an example out of when the NBA suspended him a game for his conduct towards ref Eli Roe.
According to league officials, Jackson “verbally abused” Roe after he was ejected from Charlotte’s game on Saturday against the Milwaukee Bucks. Jackson also hurt his case by not leaving the court right away.
Not surprisingly, the Bobcats guard said he’s not going to change.
Said Jackson: “When things are not fair, I speak my mind. I’ve never been a guy not to speak my mind and I guess people don’t like that.”
On the season, Jackson is averaging 18.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists for the 6-11 Bobcats. He has played really well as of late but unless he changes his act quickly, this won’t be the last time Jackson gets suspended this season.