Orlando’s Jason Williams suspended for tonight’s game with Heat

MIAMI (AP) — Jason Williams of the Orlando

Magic was suspended one game without pay for making contact with a game

official following an ejection, keeping him from Friday night’s game

against the Miami Heat.

NBA executive vice president of

basketball operations Stu Jackson announced the punishment on Friday, a

few hours before the Magic-Heat matchup. Williams is eligible to return

for Orlando’s next game Tuesday at New York.

Williams was ejected with 58 seconds left

in the fourth quarter of the Magic’s 112-83 victory over the Washington

Wizards on Thursday night. He was upset with an offensive foul called

against him and, while arguing, tugged on referee Tony Brothers’ arm.

Brothers gave Williams both technicals,

and players have been warned repeatedly over the last month that

excessive arguing will lead to sanctions. Known around the league as

the NBA’s “respect the game” policy, players and coaches said often

during the preseason that they were concerned about too many technicals

being levied as a result.

Williams was not particularly

demonstrative, but kept pleading his case after Brothers whistled him

for the first technical. He then grabbed Brothers’ left arm, apparently

trying to get the referee’s attention.

“You can make a face. You can even have a

reaction,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said Friday at a business

luncheon in Miami. “But don’t negotiate all the way up and down the

court, because that doesn’t put you in a particularly good light. You

don’t do it in high school. You don’t do it in college. Why do you get

your MBA in complaining when you come to the NBA?”

Stern said the complaining “sets a very

bad example for kids,” which is why the league made it a point of

emphasis this season.

Chris Duhon is expected to absorb most of Williams’ minutes against the Heat.

Received 10/29/10 05:21 pm ET