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NBA NEWS & NOTES: MASON SUSPENSION DRAWS IRE OF UNION
Published March 20, 1995
The NBPA filed a grievance with the league over the 5-game suspension of Knicks forward Anthony Mason. NBPA Exec Dir Charles Grantham called the suspension "arbitrary and unjustified." Mason was suspended after an argument with coach Pat Riley (Mike Freeman, N.Y. TIMES, 3/18). Grantham, who claims that Mason "works very hard" and broke no rules: "It's clear that the club's only motivation is to gain complete control over the personalities and actions of what it perceives to be the new breed of athlete, and they hope to gain this control by humiliating a player and taking his money" (Curtis Bunn, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/18). LABOR TALK: Deputy NBA Commissioner Russ Granik said negotiations on a new CBA will resume this week, "with the hope that a new deal can be struck by the end of the regular season" (Ric Bucher, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 3/19).