Andrew Bynum suspended for first five games

The Lakers keep getting reminded about their meltdown in Dallas. It was the NBA's turn to tap them on the shoulder Tuesday. Andrew Bynum was suspended by the league for the first five games next season without pay and will forfeit $677,272 in salary for belting diminutive Dallas guard Jose Barea in the final game of the Lakers' season Sunday. Andrew Bynum was suspended by the league for the first five games next season without pay and will forfeit $677,272 in salary for belting diminutive Dallas guard Jose Barea in the final game of the Lakers' season Sunday. Bynum was also fined $25,000 for removing his jersey as he left the court after getting ejected in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals. After 48 hours of raging criticism from all corners, including many Lakers fans, Bynum apologized Tuesday for driving his forearm into the ribcage of an in-flight Barea. Bynum said his actions "don't represent me, my upbringing, this franchise or any of the Laker fans out there that want to watch us and want us to succeed. Furthermore, and more importantly, I want to actually apologize to J.J. Barea for doing that. I'm just glad that he wasn't seriously injured in the event. All I can say is I've looked at it, it's terrible and it definitely won't be happening again."

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