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Only Bitches Snitch

By Bramlet Abercrombie on March 29, 2006.

From the Seattle Times:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Ray Allen took no joy after the NBA issued a $10,000 fine to San Antonio’s Bruce Bowen after he kicked the Sonics guard in the back on Sunday.

However, it appears Allen may have helped pursude Stu Jackson, the NBA’s vice president of basketball operations, into assessing the fine.

“When we landed in Memphis I called Stu and asked him if he saw the game,” Allen said after Tuesday’s 98-97 victory against Memphis. “He said he watched it that night, and he didn’t think much of it.

“He said I’m going to watch it again. I told him I was just sitting there and he kicked me in the back and something more should have been done than him getting a technical foul. Then he started watching it, and he thought I was on his ankle.”

When asked about Bowen’s penalty, Allen said: “What he got was about right.”

Rashard Lewis, however, said he thought Bowen should have been suspended.

“First off, he should have been kicked out of the game,” Lewis said. “That’s number one. You don’t do something like that and not lose some games.”

Jackson befriended Allen years ago, and at times the Sonics guard seeks out advice. They talked after Jackson suspended Allen three games for fighting with Orlando’s Kenyon Dooling.

“He said you’ve got to be able to hold your temper,” Allen said. “Sometimes it’s hard, he said, but you know how much money you make.”

Hey Ray-Ray:

4/2/06 update: Pop agrees with us about Ray Allen’s snitching. On the March 29th Pop Show, he called it “weak,” said that it was “totally inappropriate” for a player to be calling the league office, and suggested that Ray-Ray’s making such a big deal about it is a sign of his frustration with the defensive job done on him by Bruce, who has “gotten the better of [Allen] on numerous occasions.” Way to tell it like it is, Pop, as you always do – except when the Spurs’ secrets are at stake, that is.