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Mario Chalmers suspended one game for swinging forearm at Dirk Nowitzki (VIDEO)

Nov 16, 2013, 1:24 PM EDT

When you think of the league’s most physical players, Mario Chalmers isn’t a name that immediately jumps to the top of the list.

But after his ejection on Friday for swinging a forearm to the face of Dirk Nowitzki, Chalmers has racked up enough flagrant foul points in the early part of the season that the next one will land him a league-mandated suspension.

And that would be on top of the one-game suspension that was handed down by the league on Saturday. Chalmers will miss Miami’s next game in Charlotte against the Bobcats.

From Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

With Friday night’s ejection for his forearm to the head of Dallas Mavericks forwardDirk Nowitzki, Chalmers now has four points in the NBA’s flagrant-foul system. By rule, a player is suspended for the next game once he exceeds five points.

With each Flagrant 1 foul counting for one point and each Flagrant 2 counting as two, Chalmers put himself on the precipice of suspension with Friday’s Flagrant 2, a call that came eight days after Chalmers was assessed a Flagrant 2 for an elbow to the neck of Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin.

Chalmers seemed to be earnest in explaining what happened. To hear him tell it, he was simply trying to free himself from Dalmbert, and the shot to Nowitzki was simply collateral damage.

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“Dalembert had my arm so I had to get my arm free,” he said of his swinging motion. “There was nothing intentional about it. I didn’t even see Dirk.” Chalmers tried to tell the same to the officials before he left the floor. “I just told them, ‘Look at the replay and look at Dalembert holding my arm,’ ” he said. “That’s all I said to them.”

The hit on Griffin was absolutely a flagrant two — Chalmers left his feet and delivered a forearm to Griffin’s neck, so it’s tough to buy any excuses there. The one that caught Nowitzki could indeed have been accidental, and the explanation Chalmers gave seems to make sense.

But clearly, the league didn’t see it the same way.

  1. timcast12 - Nov 16, 2013 at 1:34 PM


    • ProBasketballPundit - Nov 17, 2013 at 9:12 PM

      I think you misspelled “Champ”

  2. 25yearindyfan - Nov 16, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Chalmers has always been a dirt bag. He is one of those types that has to find ways to get noticed.

    • ranfan12 - Nov 17, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      I don’t understand the logic behind that statement. How often have you even been hearing about chalmers doing these kinds of things since he was drafted? LOL

  3. reesesteel23 - Nov 16, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Sooooo…am I the only one (besides Chalmers)that noticed his arm was being held and he pulled it away pretty hard and caught Dirk in the face…..I understand hating anything in a Heat uniform is the new thing..but come on

  4. jhuck92 - Nov 16, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    If he caught Dirk in the chest, that would have been understandable. But even the announcer said it was above the shoulders –> automatic flagrant2

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 16, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    He was trying to free his arm; BUT, you have to control your body. Can’t flail like that. Inadvertant, but negligent.

    • miamatt - Nov 16, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      Exactly. And at this point, as the article points out, Chalmers has lost the benefit of the doubt in these situations. He needs to be careful b/c it hurts the team for him to be out, exposes teammates to potential retribution, and could cause somebody to get hurt unnecessarily out there. Mario needs to be a professional about this and learn something from the experience.

    • spursareold - Nov 18, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      The best way to quicly free your arm is to pull it down to your side. Not very dramatic, though, but less costly in the long run.

  6. crownmethegoat - Nov 16, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Chalmers was clearly being held by Dalembert and was trying to release his arm, unfortunately Dirk was standing in the path of the elbow

  7. baileyj74 - Nov 16, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    The three blind mice must’ve been officiating that game. Because clearly, Mario’s arm was being held. And they reviewed it and they still couldn’t see it? Smh

  8. pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 16, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    For a 6’1″ guy to throw a forearm shiver to the neck of a 7-footer is insane.

    I like Chalmers but that’s pretty dirty. Flagrant 2 was the right call. But a one game suspension is a little too much IMO.

  9. dolphindubs - Nov 16, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    He’s getting suspended for that? It shouldn’t even of been called a flagrant 2. He was freeing his arm from another player.

    At least keep these calls consistent. A few minutes after this play, when Wade was driving the lane, Blair landed a shove above the shoulders that knocked Wade to the floor. Shouldnt he havent gotten a flagrant 2 as well then? He didnt even get hit with a flagrant 1.

    The Heat aren’t getting the benefit of the doubt in calls the way a two-time defending champion HAS ALWAYS gotten before. Again, the refs should keep things consistent.

  10. jzone954 - Nov 16, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    I have no problem with the call. It is what it is, Rio….be wiser then that son.

  11. antistratfordian - Nov 16, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    They need to warn Dirk about that flop as well.

  12. jerdogthompson - Nov 16, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Charmers is a little bizatch that should have gotten a one game suspension for the forearm to Blake Griffins throat. I’m seeing a terrible fall in route to a lay up coming soon. If he’s lucky it will end with a minor ACL/MCL sprain. It would not break my heart to see him do a Shaun Livingston impression however.

  13. sabatimus - Nov 16, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Get out, Lightman. Get out.

  14. mackcarrington - Nov 16, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Yes, it “appears” that his arm came loose and he hit Dirk accidentally. It’s hard to give him the benefit of the doubt when you know how much body control these elite athletes have. I think he took advantage just to get a shot in. I think the dude has some issues.

  15. spacemaker101 - Nov 16, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Yeah, he was getting held it looked like.. but you can free your arms in other ways.. No excuse you don’t hit DIRK!

  16. belleby123 - Nov 16, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.

  17. zoomy123 - Nov 16, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    I know everybody here is out for blood but look at the replay starting at 43 seconds. You can CLEARLY see that Dalembert has his right arm hooked inside of Chalmers left arm. Whether or not this is intentional I can’t say for sure but it looks unintentional (just seems like they got tangled up when Dalembert set the screen). Chalmers is trying to pull his left arm free of Dalembert’s right arm and in the process he pulls too hard and hits Nowitzki with the elbow. This was obviously an accident. However, what Chalmers did to Blake Griffin clearly wasn’t, lol.

    • deeballer - Nov 17, 2013 at 7:12 AM

      I think it’s the league suspending him retroactively for the Blake Griffin incident because they probably feel like they should have done it then.

    • spursareold - Nov 18, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      Sorry. For a 6’1″ guy to it a 6’11” guy above the shoulders, he’s gotta be “throwin’ bows”. He was probably fouled on the play, but you can’t go back and call that on a replay. Since they now use the replay to assess (or revoke) flagrants, they don’t miss calls on those.

  18. timcast12 - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    No, I’m pretty sure I meant Chump

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