9 Most Ridiculous Actions That Resulted in NBA Suspensions

The NBA does a fairly good job when assessing proper punishment for incidents that occur both on and off the court. 

With that being said, it's rarely easy for the higher-ups to make these decisions, since the NBA as seen some WHACKY incidents over the years. 

Here are the nine most ridiculous actions that resulted in suspensions in NBA history.

9. Dennis Rodman: The Head-Butt

Dennis Rodman has always been known as a strong-headed player, but referee Ted Bernhardt experienced this firsthand. 

In a game in 1996, while as a member of the Chicago Bulls, Rodman did not agree with a call from Bernhardt and proceeded to head-butt him. He was immediately ejected and was forced to pay a $20,000 fine.

He received a six-game suspension for that too.

8. Ron Artest: The Elbow

Anyone remember Ron Artest? You know, the guy before Metta World Peace?  Well, if you don't, Artest would be in the news year after year for some skirmish or fight that he would get into on or off the court.

One of his most iconic idiotic moments was while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2012. After scoring a bucket he got a little too excited and proceeded to throw an elbow, which coincidentally struck James Harden directly in the temple and knocked him to the floor.

He received a fitting seven-game suspension, but c'mon Ron, you can't possibly expect us to believe that this was by chance.

7. Draymond Green: Punch to the Groin of the King

The 2016 NBA Finals seemed to be on the verge of the end as the Golden State Warriors were beating down the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 on their way to a commanding 3-1 series lead. 

Late in this game is when one member of the Warriors may have lost the team all its momentum. That's when Draymond Green got angry at LeBron James for stepping over him and would respond by launching a punch towards James' groin.

It doesn't seem like contact was made but his intent was enough for the league to suspend him for Game 5. This seemed to give the Cavs momentum as they would accomplish the greatest comeback of all time.  

6. Dennis Rodman: The Original Ball Kicker

There's always been speculation that the cameramen who sit along the baseline are a bit too close to the action, and one night in 1997 this set Rodman off. 

Rodman tripped on an innocent cameraman and then decided to kick this man in the groin.

Regardless of how mad you are, everyone knows that's just a straight up cheap shot aiming down low. Rodman would be suspended 11 games for this.

5. Javaris Crittenton and Gilbert Arenas: Firearms

These NBA players make a lot of money and sometimes they don't know what to do with it.

Back in the 2009-2010 season, members of the Washington Wizards decided to play cards while on a road trip, and of course money was involved.

At some point there was a disagreement between Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton about owing money and it escalated quickly. Just days later the two confronted each other with guns in the locker room and had to be broken up by teammates before shots were fired.

They both would be suspended for the final 38 games of the season. Money or not, bringing guns into it was obviously a ridiculous idea and they paid the price for it.

4. J.R. Smith: Soup Thrower

Just when it seemed like the drama around the Cleveland Cavaliers was quieting down, insert J.R. Smith into the equation. 

It's still unclear what led to this, but J.R. Smith supposedly threw a bowl of soup at an assistant coach and this obviously didn't sit well with the team.

The Cavs suspended Smith for a game and replaced him with Rodney Hood in the starting lineup. Really J.R., soup? This team needs a veteran presence for the new young guys in town and this certainly doesn't help.

3. Vernon Maxwell: Fan Punch

One of the first players to engage with a fan was Vernon Maxwell back in 1995. He got into, let's say a "disagreement" with a fan, and let the fan know his true feelings with a punch. 

He'd end up getting fined $20,000 and the league would suspend him 10 games. 

The league definitely learned from this incident by the time the Malice in the Palace occurred.

2. Latrell Sprewell: No Mercy on Coach

In 1997, Latrell Sprewell was a member of the Golden State Warriors and one day at practice he lost his temper and directed his anger towards coach P. J. Carlesimo.

He proceeded to attack his coach and it took a couple of minutes for teammates to finally get Sprewell off of Carlesimo. The team would terminate his contract and NBA Commissioner suspended him for the rest of the season (68 games). 

No matter how mad you get, you have to know to never put your hands on the coach. 

1. Ron Artest: Malice in the Palace

Probably the biggest such incident in NBA history occurred in November of 2004. The Indiana Pacers were facing off against the Detroit Pistons and both teams clearly didn't like each other.

After some late game technical fouls were being assessed, the fans of the arena began to throw objects at Pacers players which started the one of the wildest brawls we've ever seen.

Ron Artest wasn't hesitant in throwing punches and the league wasn't hesitant in suspending him for the rest of the season (86 games in total, including the playoffs).