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Comment Was Picked Up By Courtside Microphone (Sprewell Suspended For Vulgarity Towards Female Fan)
ESPN.com ^ | 12/07/04 | AP

Posted on 12/07/2004 1:42:23 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

MINNEAPOLIS -- The NBA suspended Timberwolves swingman Latrell Sprewell on Tuesday for one game without pay after reviewing comments he made to a female heckler during Minnesota's overtime victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

Tim Frank, vice president of basketball communications for the NBA, said the league senior vice president Stu Jackson reviewed the tape of the incident and then ordered Sprewell suspended for Tuesday night's game against Dallas.

He said league policy prohibits directing obscenities at fans. "Our policy is that you can't do it," he said. "When you do it, you're going to get suspended."

During the game, Sprewell responded to the female heckler with a sexually vulgar term, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis first reported in its Tuesday editions.

The comment was picked up by a courtside microphone and was broadcast by Los Angeles television station KTLA and by the Timberwolves' broadcast on KSTC-TV in Minnesota.

A call to a Timberwolves spokesman was not immediately returned Tuesday afternoon.

The incident is the latest controversy for Sprewell. Last month, he received a misdemeanor citation after arguing with a police officer during a traffic stop. Sprewell, who was a passenger in the vehicle, claimed he was treated unfairly.

The 34-year-old Sprewell also demanded that the Timberwolves either extend his contract or trade him, saying, "I've got my family to feed." The comment by Sprewell, who will make $14.6 million this season in the final year of his deal, drew criticism from NBA commissioner David Stern.


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: bluestateculture; latrellsprewell; minnesota; nba; timberwolves

1 posted on 12/07/2004 1:42:23 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Okay, anyone know what he actually called her?


2 posted on 12/07/2004 1:43:15 PM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: Bluegrass Conservative
During the game, Sprewell responded to the female heckler with a sexually vulgar term

"You filthy Hillary, you"...? :)

3 posted on 12/07/2004 1:44:11 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (I feel more and more like a revolted Charlton Heston, witnessing ape society for the very first time)
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

Nothing that can be printed here.


4 posted on 12/07/2004 1:44:23 PM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

The report said "sexually" . .. please tell me Hillary isn't the first woman that pops into your mind when you hear the word "sexually"!!!! LOL


5 posted on 12/07/2004 1:44:52 PM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Let it go. At least he didn't choke her out.


6 posted on 12/07/2004 1:44:56 PM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

At least he didn't try to choke her.


7 posted on 12/07/2004 1:45:02 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: MineralMan

I'm just wondering how harsh it actually was. I'd say the NBA is being a little more sensitive and trying to look more fan-friendly as of late.


8 posted on 12/07/2004 1:45:36 PM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

How was the TV station able to get away with airing it?


9 posted on 12/07/2004 1:46:18 PM PST by aynrandfreak (If 9/11 didn't change you, you're a bad human being)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
"I've got my family to feed."

That has to be just about the most vile, arrogant thing I've heard in a month or so. Somebody slap him for me, will ya?

10 posted on 12/07/2004 1:46:18 PM PST by TChris (You keep using that word. I don't think it means what yHello, I'm a TAGLINE vir)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Boy, am I getting sick of NBA basketball! Never much of a basketball fan, I have little interest in watching hugely-overpaid buttheads run up and down the court. I do enjoy watching High School basketball and, marginally, college ball, but I can't remember the last NBA game I bothered to tune in.

Sprewell can disappear, as far as I am concerned, along with all the rest of these spoiled brats.


11 posted on 12/07/2004 1:46:28 PM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: Bluegrass Conservative
Okay, anyone know what he actually called her?

I thought he might have called her 'Sprewell,' but that would have been scatological.

12 posted on 12/07/2004 1:47:07 PM PST by atomicpossum (I am the Cat that walks by himself, and all places are alike to me.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Sprewell also demanded that the Timberwolves either extend his contract or trade him, saying, "I've got my family to feed." The comment by Sprewell, who will make $14.6 million this season...

Unless this jackass has more kids than Mel Gibson, I don't his little ones are gonna starve...

13 posted on 12/07/2004 1:47:25 PM PST by Prime Choice (I like Democrats, too. Let's exchange recipes.)
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To: TChris
"I've got my family to feed."

"... some of them even legit ones, if you know what I mean..." :)

14 posted on 12/07/2004 1:47:41 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (I feel more and more like a revolted Charlton Heston, witnessing ape society for the very first time)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Cute

15 posted on 12/07/2004 1:48:20 PM PST by JesseHousman
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
HA Ha! Again, soon the maybe the NBA will figure out that the fans are trying to cause such incidents, the NBA fining players over such things will only embolden the fans to become more outlandish as to try an draw a player into a confrontation and get them suspended. Because only a "good fan" can get an opposing player suspended...
16 posted on 12/07/2004 1:48:21 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: atomicpossum

Latrine Spewal.


17 posted on 12/07/2004 1:48:47 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (Latrine, you choke artist!)
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

Probably "bitch," or "'ho."


18 posted on 12/07/2004 1:49:02 PM PST by JesseHousman
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To: TChris

"Somebody slap him for me, will ya?"

Paging any Indiana Pacer.


19 posted on 12/07/2004 1:49:28 PM PST by MPJackal ("If you are not with us, you are against us.")
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To: Constitution Day

After the choking incident, I'm surprised this guy is still in the league. How would you like to be his coach?


20 posted on 12/07/2004 1:49:42 PM PST by Former Proud Canadian (.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Reminds me of the time someone thought it was a good idea to put microphones in the benches for NHL games. It lasted baout 20 minutes...


21 posted on 12/07/2004 1:49:43 PM PST by Conservative Canuck (The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness)
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To: Constitution Day

Oh, I don't know. XTRA 690 was playing the phrase in question last night, appropriately bleeped, needless to say, and it sure sounded like "suck my...!"


22 posted on 12/07/2004 1:49:44 PM PST by RichInOC (Latrell Sprewell Says The Darndest Things.)
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To: JesseHousman

Terms of endearment in some segments of society. : )


23 posted on 12/07/2004 1:53:10 PM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: RichInOC

LMAO!


24 posted on 12/07/2004 1:53:51 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: RichInOC

i would have guessed half of mike hunt.


26 posted on 12/07/2004 1:54:10 PM PST by kallisti
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To: JesseHousman

"Probably "bitch," or "'ho."

My money is on the one that sounds like hunt. Women hate that one.


27 posted on 12/07/2004 1:55:19 PM PST by MPJackal ("If you are not with us, you are against us.")
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To: MPJackal

That's the same word I use to describe Billy Goat Clinton's wife.


28 posted on 12/07/2004 1:56:52 PM PST by JesseHousman
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To: kallisti

He may very well have called her a name too, but that quote is the one they were playing.


29 posted on 12/07/2004 1:57:02 PM PST by RichInOC (The NBA...It's Slamtastic!)
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

You're right. To some it means "my lovely wife."


30 posted on 12/07/2004 1:57:37 PM PST by JesseHousman
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

You can't guess? I mean...we're talking about Latrell Sprewell here.


31 posted on 12/07/2004 1:59:00 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (All I ask from livin' is to have no chains on me. All I ask from dyin' is to go naturally.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

I know, that's why I think there could be MANY options on what he said.


32 posted on 12/07/2004 2:03:12 PM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Sprewell is a real piece of work:

Chokes his coach, suspended for a year, sues the NBA, suit thrown out. Claims racial discrimination

Pleads guilty to reckless driving in a civil suit for causing an accident on the interstate amid allegations of illegal contact with a juror

Files a grievance with the NBA over playing time with the Knicks

Fined $250,000 by the Knicks for not reporting a broken shooting hand. Claims he slipped and fell on his yacht. Witnesses say he broke his hand trying to punch someone who threw up on his yacht. Later files a $40 million lawsuite against the New York Post for its account of the story

Pulled over for speeding and reckless driving...proceeds to verbally abuse with racial epithets the Asian law enforement officer who pulled him

Refuses to get rid of a pit bull that chewed off part of his infant daughters ear.

Misses the first week of Knicks training camp, says he was driving cross country and ignored the messages from the team. Says "that's what agents are for."

Arrested for driving with a suspended license

Involved in messy child support case with high school sweetheart.

33 posted on 12/07/2004 2:08:21 PM PST by GSWarrior
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To: GSWarrior
Thanks for reminding me why I couldn't care less if the NBA never played another game.
34 posted on 12/07/2004 2:19:46 PM PST by newgeezer (Just my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary. You have the right to be wrong.)
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

"Reduce the atmospheric pressure that surrounds my genitalia?"


35 posted on 12/07/2004 2:23:59 PM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: Yo-Yo

Guffaw!


36 posted on 12/07/2004 2:41:41 PM PST by Francis McClobber
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To: Conservative Canuck
Reminds me of the time someone thought it was a good idea to put microphones in the benches for NHL games.

HAha!! Someone mistakenly put one near the bench of our AHL team, the Chicago Wolves. It was far enough away that we couldn't hear much of the players generally, but after a bad call we heard PLENTY from the coach!! I have quite a potty mouth on occasion, but he even made me blush! LOL

37 posted on 12/07/2004 2:45:23 PM PST by retrokitten (Do you want to hear the horrifying truth or see me hit a few zingers??)
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To: Yo-Yo

LOL! :)


38 posted on 12/07/2004 3:14:08 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (I feel more and more like a revolted Charlton Heston, witnessing ape society for the very first time)
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