Tuesday , Nov , 18 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Wells suspended by Blazers

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – The Portland Trail Blazers Tuesday suspended
guard Bonzi Wells for two games without pay for conduct detrimental to the
team.

In addition, the club took away his title as co-captain. The penalties stem
from Wells’ most recent actions during the third quarter of Monday’s 105-98
loss at Dallas.

Wells apparently cursed at head coach Maurice Cheeks and was then benched for
the final 16 minutes and 17 seconds of the game.

“Maurice and I spoke today,” said team president Steve Patterson. “Because of
what took place at last night’s game and prior similar actions, the franchise
has decided to suspend Bonzi for two games. Furthermore, we have stripped him
of his title of co-captain.

“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. Respect for the
fans and fellow employees is essential conduct for all members of the Portland
Trail Blazers. We will hold players responsible for their behavior and we
believe this is the appropriate course of action at this time. Further
violations will result in stiffer penalties.”

Earlier this month, Wells was fined an undisclosed amount by the team after he
made an obscene gesture to a fan and threw a towel and water bottle onto the
court during a 94-83 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

In 10 games this season, Wells is averaging 14.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.1
assists per contest.

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