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NBA to players: this ain't Dodge City.

Think Toyota's having a bad week? How about the fun time pistol-packin' Washington Wizards guards Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton are having?

NBA commissioner David Stern suspended both for the rest of the season Wednesday for that little dustup they had in the locker room last month, when they apparently pulled handguns on each other over a gambling dispute.

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Here's the part I really loved: Stern issued a follow-up statement saying guns in an NBA workplace "would not be tolerated."

(I know, I know . . . what kind of a country do we live in when you can't even flash your piece before practice when a guy owes you money? What is this, Yemen?)

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Arenas won't appeal the suspension. Crittenton hasn't decided if he'll appeal.

Say what you will about the NBA and its Thug Central image at times. But Stern doesn't fool around when one of his players screws up. For the most part, he acts swiftly and decisively. He brings the hammer down hard.

Baseball could use a commissioner like that -- especially with the stink of the steroid scandals wafting everywhere over the game.

Bud Selig, pay attention. This is how you handle a PR crisis.

And God knows that's what you have with steroids.

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