2 Mar 2011

Tall Black fined $1000 for headbutt

6:44 pm on 2 March 2011

The Tall Blacks guard Phill Jones has been fined $1000 for headbutting an opponent, while playing for the Cairns Taipans in a recent Australian national basketball game.

Jones was reported by the match officials following his team's loss to the Sydney Kings on Friday for head butting Sydney player Ben Madgen, in the closing stages of the first quarter.

An NBL judicial tribunal has found Jones guilty although tribunal chairman Scott Derwin concedes Jones was provoked.

Derwin says while it was a soft headbutt and the player wasn't injured, the tribunal also noted Jones had appeared before it previously on a striking charge a couple of years ago when he was suspended for one game.