Ailing Tinsley reportedly suspended for Golden State game

Updated: January 17, 2008, 9:31 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

INDIANAPOLIS -- The official word from the Pacers was that Jamaal Tinsley sat out Wednesday's game against Golden State because of a sore left knee.

Jamaal Tinsley

Tinsley

But the Indianapolis Star, citing former Pacer and current Warrior Stephen Jackson and several others with knowledge of the situation, reported Thursday that Tinsley was suspended for the game for an incident that occurred during a film session on Tuesday.

Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said before and after Wednesday's game that Tinsley was out because of a sore knee.

Tinsley has missed seven games this season because of injury but, according to The Star, has regularly attended those home and road games. According to The Star, Tinsley was not at Conseco Fieldhouse on Wednesday.

"It's an unfortunate situation he got suspended like that," Jackson told The Star after Indiana rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Golden State 125-117. "He'll bounce back. Me and Jamaal have been through a lot."

Tinsley and Pacers teammate Marquis Daniels are scheduled to go on trial March 17 on charges stemming from a bar fight last February at the 8 Seconds Saloon. Tinsley was indicted on a felony charge of intimidation and misdemeanor counts of battery, disorderly conduct and intimidation.

According to a police report, the manager of the bar said Tinsley threatened to kill him during the fight. The confrontation with the players followed another fight involving a person who employees thought was trying to steal coats from the coat check area, police said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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