View Full Version : Snippet from Chad Ford chat on ESPN.com

12-21-2004, 04:00 PM
Tom, New York: Is it true there is a chance Jermaine O'Neal could be re-instated in time for the game vs the Pistons on Christmas Day? What is the latest with the Arbitration ruling?

Chad Ford: Yes. If the arbitrator rules that he has jurisdiction and then rolls back the suspensions, O'Neal could be available. Of course, the league would appeal that ruling to federal court. The court could rule quickly or it could take a while. The players association is confident they'll win the arbritration case and get the rollbacks. The federal court case is the wildcard here. In other words, I wouldn't hold my breath.