NBL Big Man Suspended Following Second Elbow Incident

18/11/2015 8:38 AM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST
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PERTH, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 06: Brian Conklin of the Crocodiles looks on during the round five NBL match between Perth Wildcats and Townsville Crocodiles at Perth Arena on November 6, 2015 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Townsville Crocodiles forward Brian Conklin, has been found guilty of striking by the NBL judiciary on Tuesday night and handed a three week suspension.

However, Conklin will only miss one match, as two of the three-week penalty is to be suspended for the rest of the season.

Conklin was charged with striking Adelaide 36ers Mitch Creek with a wayward elbow in the match on Saturday -- something which seems to becoming a habit for Conklin following a similar incident in the match against Perth two weeks ago, where an incidental elbow strike on the Damien Martin resulted in a broken jaw and the loss of several teeth for the Wildcats captain.

While Conklin was charged following the Martin strike, no penalty was handed down.

Not all pundits are happy about the judiciary's attitude to these incidents with Australian basketball legends having their say. Andrew Gaze has called for tougher penalties on incidents such as those involving Conklin and Shane Heal calling for Conklin to change his style of play.

The weight of this penalty was based on Conklin's previous good behaviour according to a statement from Tribunal chairman Troy Nolan QC but the panel deemed reckless behaviour of this nature was unacceptable.

Wayward elbows are perhaps the curse of the big man on the basketball court but can apparently also be seen as a tactical tool.

Fortunately for Conklin, both incidents were identified as reckless but not intentional and even those on the receiving end have looked on the bright side...

... If not been fairly forgiving.

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