Thursday , Apr , 01 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

Sacramento’s Webber suspended eight games

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Sacramento Kings forward Chris Webber,
activated from the injured list Monday, was suspended without pay for eight
games by the NBA on Tuesday.

The punishment partially stems from an incident that saw Webber lie to a
federal grand jury about his relationship to Ed Martin, a former basketball
booster. Webber was evasive about receiving money from Martin while at the
University of Michigan. Martin claimed that he loaned Webber $616,000.

That incident earned Webber three games of the eight-game suspension, while
the other five games were levied for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-
Drug Program.

The five-time All-Star’s suspension begins with the Kings’ Tuesday night
matchup against the Boston Celtics at ARCO Arena.

Webber had been sidelined all season while recovering from knee surgery. Last
season, Webber averaged 23 points and 10.5 rebounds. He suffered the knee
injury during the Western Conference semifinals.

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

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) in the first half of the season.