November 28, 2008

Report: Knicks suspend Stephon Marbury

The New York Knicks have suspended guard Stephon Marbury for one game, ESPN reported Friday.

The suspension comes after he was told by Coach Mike D'Antoni to enter Wednesday's game against the Detroit Pistons and refused, his second refusal this week.

The report added Marbury has been told to stay away from the team at least until Monday, when his status will be re-addressed/ The 12-year veteran will not be paid when he misses Saturday's contest against Golden State at Madison Square Garden.

Also, he will not be welcome in the home locker room, ESPN said.

Wednesday's incident appears to be a case of insubordination, a claim Marbury denied in an earlier interview with the New York Post. I never told (D'Antoni) I'm not going to play, Marbury told the newspaper. Those words never came out of my mouth.

We feel the discipline imposed by the Knicks is baseless, NBA Players' Association attorney Hal Biagas told ESPN. We plan to file a grievance.