On March 31 the NBA hit Portland's Isaiah Rider with a one-game suspension for entering the stands during a 93-90 loss to Golden State. The same day he and the Blazers were sued by a fan who says Rider spit on him during a 1997 game. That wasn't the first time Rider ran afoul of league or law. Some highlights (space precludes listing all of his team suspensions):
Suspended by UNLV for turning in papers that were in someone else's handwriting and had his first name misspelled "Isiah"
Arrives hours late to first NBA practice, with T-Wolves; says he was caught in traffic and missed flight from hometown, Oakland
Kicks woman during dispute at mall; later convicted of misdemeanor assault
Calls press conference to respond to Minnesota coach Bill Blair's suggestion that he grow up; asks rhetorically, "What's growing up have to do with basketball?"
Tells reporter who asks him about a missed flight, "I know people who can take you out"
Serves four days in jail for violating parole on the '94 assault conviction
Argues after getting tossed from game with the Jazz; chided by mother, Donna, who strides onto court and tells him to take ejection like a man
Cited for possession of illegal cell phone while hanging out in Oakland with pal Donnie Ray Davis, convicted rapist and crack dealer
Arrested for shooting craps on Oakland street corner