Dooling and Allen suspended for fighting

Updated: January 13, 2006, 10:14 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Orlando guard Keyon Dooling was suspended for five games without pay and Seattle guard Ray Allen three for fighting during Wednesday's game, the NBA announced Friday.

 Keyon Dooling
Dooling

 Ray Allen
Allen

Dooling and Allen were ejected during the second quarter of the SuperSonics' 113-104 win after Dooling went running at Allen and pushed him to the ground. Allen got up and tackled Dooling into the first row of seats along the sideline and onto some fans.

The two briefly scuffled and television replays showed Dooling throwing a punch at Allen that did not connect. The two were eventually separated, with Orlando's Stacey Augmon pulling Allen away from Dooling.

"I'm in complete agreement with it," Seattle coach Bob Hill said before Friday's game against Miami. "I thought that [Allen] was a little bit of a victim in that and perhaps if it had not gone into the stands it would have been a little bit different, but it did. So, we've got to live with it."

Underneath the stands, Dooling briefly ran toward the Sonics locker room and was seen yelling at Allen, but team officials and police kept the two apart.

Allen had caught a glancing blow across the chin from Dooling on an earlier rebound, and appeared to elbow the Magic guard before the fight occurred.

The NBA said Dooling got five games for "fighting with and attempting to confront Seattle SuperSonics guard Ray Allen in the hallway following his ejection."

Dooling will start his suspension Friday night when the Magic visit the Portland Trail Blazers. Allen will also begin serving his suspension Friday when the SuperSonics host the Miami Heat.

Allen will not go with Seattle on its two-game road swing beginning Saturday night in Los Angeles against the Clippers, Hill said. The Sonics play Golden State on Monday and Allen will work out at home while the team is away.

Dooling played for Miami last season, and Heat coach Pat Riley was surprised to learn the extent of the altercation.

"I never saw that in him," Riley said. "He's very competitive … but I'm a little surprised it went that far."

At Orlando's shootaround Friday morning at Portland's Rose Garden Arena, Dooling acknowledged he was wrong, especially for the confrontation after leaving the court.

"I deserve that, bottom line," he said.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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