Monday , Feb , 16 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Kings activate Webber, but forward faces suspension

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – The Sacramento Kings activated forward
Chris Webber from the injured list Monday.

However, before returning to the starting lineup the five-time All-Star will
have to serve an NBA suspension. The punishment stems from an incident that
saw Webber lying to a federal grand jury about his relationship to Ed Martin.

Webber lied about receiving money while at the University of Michigan from
former basketball booster Martin. Martin claimed that he loaned Webber
$616,000.

Webber has been sidelined all season recovering from knee surgery, but will
reportedly miss at least six games due to the suspension according to Sunday’s
report from the Sacramento Bee.

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.

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

Sacramento has not missed a beat in Webber’s absence. The Kings currently
stand atop of the Pacific Division with a 37-13 record, also posting the
league’s best record at home (23-4). Sacramento hosts Boston on Tuesday night.

SAC