Archive for Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Blazers’ Wells suspended for cursing at coach during game

November 19, 2003


— Trail Blazers guard Bonzi Wells was suspended for two games without pay by the team Tuesday for cursing his coach after being taken out of a game.

Wells also was stripped of his co-captain's title for his behavior during Monday night's 105-98 loss at Dallas.

"It just gets old. I'm sick of it," coach Maurice Cheeks said. "I'm sick of always saying he didn't mean it and all that. Players have to be accountable for what they do and what they say."

Well was not available to comment.

Cheeks said Tuesday that Wells cursed him after being removed from the game in the third quarter. Wells did not play the rest of the way. Team president Steve Patterson said further violations would result in stiffer penalties.

"We have said all along that we expect our players to conduct themselves in a responsible and professional manner both on and off the court," Patterson said.

Earlier this month, Wells was fined for making an obscene gesture toward a fan during a loss to Philadelphia. Wells apologized, saying, "I'm not going to be 100 percent perfect -- I'm going to have a 10 percent lapse sometimes."

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