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.