NBA suspends the Dallas Mavericks’ Raymond Felton for four games for weapons charges


Raymond Felton was recently traded to the Dallas Mavericks from the New York Knicks. (Julio Cortez/AP)

It’s safe to say Raymond Felton will not have the best start to the NBA’s 2014-15 season. The newly signed Dallas Maverick (Felton was traded from the New York Knicks) won’t be playing in the first four games. He also won’t be getting paid after the NBA suspended him because of felony weapons charges, the league announced Thursday. ProBaseketballTalk.com reports:

He had been arrested in New York after he allegedly pointed a gun at his estranged wife. He eventually pled guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm, as well as knowingly having a large-capacity ammunition magazine and a pistol that was unlicensed. Felton was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

“Today we were made aware of Raymond Felton’s suspension,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said in a statement (via ESPN). “We also learned that Raymond will be permitted to complete his community service outside the state of New York. The Mavericks are working with Raymond and the court to develop a community service program that will have a positive and lasting impact on North Texas.”

Felton hopes to be able to move forward after his suspension. He said in the team statement (via ESPN):

“I demonstrated poor judgment and I take full responsibility for my actions. Moving forward, I’m eager to get to Dallas, to start fresh and make a positive impact in the Dallas metropolitan area.”

Felton’s suspension is fairly lenient compared to players who racked up similar charges on their record. In 2007, Stephen Jackson, then of the Golden State Warriors, was suspended for seven games after pleading guilty to firing a weapon outside of a strip club in 2006. In 2010, the NBA suspended Delonte West, then of the Boston Celtics, for 10 games around weapons charges. And also in 2010, Javaris Crittenton and Gilbert Arenas, both Washington Wizards at the time, ended up being suspended for the rest of the 2009-10 season for bringing firearms into the locker room.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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