Rodman No Diplomat

Basketball bad boy Dennis Rodman — now with the Dallas Mavericks — was suspended for one game and fined $10,000 on Wednesday, a day after he had been ejected from a game after a blowup. He then later said he wanted to duke it out with the NBA commissioner. “I wish me and David Stern can get some damn gloves on, and we go in the ring and we can see who’ll come out a winner,” said Rodman. After yesterday’s team practice, Rodman reiterated, “Me and David Stern need to clear our differences.” An NBA spokesman told reporters that Rodman’s comments about Stern had “absolutely nothing to do with” the punishment. “It is for failing to leave the court in a timely manner following an ejection and for verbally abusing officials,” the spokesman said.

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