Guard took reporter's pen after playoff loss

Updated: May 4, 2005, 8:26 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Memphis point guard Jason Williams was fined $10,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for improper conduct toward members of the media following the Grizzlies' playoff loss to Phoenix Suns.

After the Suns swept the Grizzlies in their opening-round series on Sunday, Williams, angered over how he was quoted in a newspaper column, grabbed the pen out of a writer's hand in the Memphis locker room.

Williams twice took the pen out of the hand of Geoff Calkins, a columnist for The Commercial Appeal. He also screamed in his ear as the reporter tried talking to other Grizzlies.

"You can talk to TNT, but don't answer this [reporter's] questions," Williams said. "I'm not letting him write anything. I didn't do anything. I just took his pen."

Williams eventually had to be pulled away by teammate Mike Miller. But after confronting Calkins again, another Memphis official took Williams out of the locker room.

The Sunday column was critical of the Grizzlies' lackadaisical play and included a quote from Williams, "I'm happy. I go home and see my kids and my wife and I'm OK. All of this (stuff) is secondary to me."

Williams set a playoff-high with 21 points in Game 2 and had 20 points and eight assists in Game 4.


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