Monday , Nov , 17 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

NBA reduces Taylor’s suspension

New York, NY (Sports Network) – The NBA Monday reduced Houston forward Maurice
Taylor’s suspension from 10 games to six games.

Taylor, who was suspended without pay for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA
Anti-Drug Program, will be eligible to return Wednesday against Golden State.

The reduced suspension was based upon an ongoing evaluation by the medical
director of the Anti-Drug Program and a determination that Taylor is now in
compliance with the program.

“I’m sorry that this entire situation happened,” Taylor said in a statement
released by the Rockets. “I take responsibility for my actions and recognize
that it is my responsibility to make sure that a situation like this doesn’t
happen again. I am happy to be back on the court with my teammates.”

The NBA, its teams and the NBPA are prohibited from publicly disclosing
information regarding the testing or treatment of any player in the program,
other than to announce a player’s suspension or dismissal from the league.

In four games this season, Taylor is averaging 9.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per
contest.

He was also suspended for the initial five games of the 2002-03 season for
violating the league’s drug policy.

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