Sunday , Feb , 15 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Webber could get six games for suspension

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Sacramento Kings forward Chris Webber has
been sidelined all season recovering from knee surgery, but will reportedly
miss at least six games as a suspension for lying to a federal grand jury once
he is healthy enough to return to the court.

The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday that Webber will be forced to sit at least
six games as a result of lying to a federal grand jury about receiving money
while at the University of Michigan from former basketball booster Ed Martin.

In July, Webber pleaded guilty to one count of criminal contempt. He was given
community service and a deferred sentence.

The newspaper said the Kings have likely been informed of the length of the
penalty, although the league won’t officially comment.

Webber could return to practice this week, then could be activated off the
injured list. At that time, the suspension would likely go into effect.

Last season, Webber averaged 23 points and 10.5 rebounds. He suffered a knee
injury during the Western Conference semifinals.