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Arron Afflalo suspended for elbow to head of Gordon Hayward

Mar 25, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

If you saw the play — or even watched the video above — you knew this was coming.

Denver’s Arron Afflalo has been suspended one game for throwing an elbow to the head of Utah’s Gordon Hayward during the third quarter of the Jazz’s win Friday night. Afflalo was ejected from that game and will sit out the Nugget’s game Sunday against Minnesota.

Afflalo is not a dirty player, I think he was trying to box out and got his elbow up, but the suspension warranted.

  1. leearmon - Mar 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    So im guessing you all here at PBT think what Jason Smith did was worse than this? A shoulder tackle while the player is still not in the air, or an elbow to the head against a player who didn’t have the ball? Yet Afflalo gets one less game? C’mon SON!
    BTW im not even sure this comment will get posted seeing as though you didn’t post this comment in regards to the “Violence Against Blake Griffin”

    Can we please stop acting like this was the crime of the century? Was it a blatant foul? Yes. Did Smith make a play on the ball? No. But this outcry of concern for Blake is a joke. Especially when considering the number of hard fouls that have been much worse in recent history…

    Those 3 took me like 25 seconds to find, and believe me there is a lot more where they came from. All of which were MUCH worse than what happened to Blake Griffin. So if we are going to make a big deal about this incident, lets be consistent and actually make a fuss about the hard fouls that are much more dangerous.

    • denverhoopdreams - Mar 25, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      Also, in the foul on JJ Barea, that was talked up like crazy when it happened last year. How ignorant are you? Bynum got a 4 game suspension.

      • leearmon - Mar 25, 2012 at 1:50 PM

        Can you not read? Can you not comprehend? I gave 3 instances of fouls that were much WORSE than what Jason Smith did. How long did Camby get suspended? Or what about Brendan Haywood? The fact that Bynum got only 2 more games than Smith proves my point exactly. You clearly aren’t intelligent enough to put 2 and 2 together “..also in the foul” (?) so I will help you, its 4.

  2. denverhoopdreams - Mar 25, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Wow, apparently this post isn’t showing up if I am not logged in, why wont it?:

    You need to chill out, some comments on word press never show up. Don’t take it so personally.

    Also, Like said, Afflalo looked like he was trying to box out really hard, on a pesky ass player like Heyward, and ended up elbowing him. He took responsibility for the elbow after the game, and even apologized. A 1 game is completely warranted. What Smith did could of easily ended Griffins season.

  3. philwauke - Mar 25, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Jason Smith was knocked out with a concussion earlier this year against Detroit and had another flagrant foul against him earlier in the game but no foul was ever called on either play as well as never being investigated by the league. I think all that matters is who the team or player is, if they don’t make the league money they could care less.

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