LANDOVER -- Forward Pervis Ellison and guard Darrell Walker of the Washington Bullets each was fined $7,500 by National Basketball Association vice president of operations Rod Thorn yesterday for belligerent behavior in Wednesday night's overtime victory over the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis.
Ellison, who was ejected in the fourth quarter for fighting with Pacers center Rik Smits, was suspended for one game; Ellison sat out last night's contest with the New York Knicks. The penalty cost him 1/82 of his salary, an estimated $21,000. Smits was given a matching $7,500 fine and one-game suspension.
Walker's fine was the result of "verbally abusing" referee Ron Olesiak on the way to the dressing room after the Bullets' 114-112 victory, which also was the final game coached by Dick Versace, fired by the Pacers on Thursday.
Walker had vehemently argued two calls in the overtime period that resulted in his fouling out of the game.
"I thought the fine was excessive," Walker said. "Usually, you only get fined that much for punching someone."
Ellison was enjoying his finest effort as a Bullet, scoring 14 points and grabbing 15 rebounds, before he traded punches with Smits and was ejected with just under five minutes left in regulation time.
"When it evolves into a fight, it's an automatic suspension," said Bullets coach Wes Unseld. "We were hoping that it would be delayed. Pervis looked like he had finally turned the corner. We were counting on using him against Patrick Ewing, but it just didn't work out for us."