OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The Golden State Warriors suspended Marc Jackson for two games without pay Saturday for what General Manager Garry St. Jean termed as conduct detrimentral to the team.
The punishment comes after Jackson said team management was acting like "spoiled children" for turning down a trade proposal that would have sent Jackson to the Phoenix Suns.
"We regret that we are forced to take this action, but quite simply, such conduct cannot be overlooked or tolerated," St. Jean said in a statement.
Jackson, a second-year player with rare veto power over any trade until next December, gave the Warriors a list of three teams -- Orlando, Indiana and Memphis -- for which he would like to play. He recently added Phoenix to the list.
The Suns reportedly offered forward John Wallace, another unidentified player and a first-round pick. There was disagreement over the protection value of the pick and the deal fell through.
"We understand Marc's frustrations, but also know that our primary responsibility is to do what is in the best interest of the Golden State Warriors," St. Jean said.
The suspension costs Jackson over $79,000. He is being paid $3.25 million in the first year of a six-year, $24.375 million contract and is averaging 4.7 points and 2.4 rebounds in 18 games.
After an abbreviated but productive first season during which he won two Rookie of the Month awards, Jackson became a restricted free agent. The Warriors re-signed him, matching an offer sheet from the Houston Rockets.