Friday , Oct , 29 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Trail Blazers’ Woods suspended

New York, NY (Sports Network) – The NBA announced Friday that Qyntel Woods
of the Portland Trail Blazers has been suspended without pay for five games
for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.

Woods’ suspension will begin with the first game of the 2004-05 regular
season for which he is eligible to play.

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

Woods was suspended without pay by the Trial Blazers two weeks ago pending
the club’s investigation regarding allegations by Multnomah County for dog
abandonment and by Clackamas County for dog fighting.

The Trial Blazers released the following statement on Friday: “We all are
disappointed that Woods continues to bring negative attention to this
franchise. Our investigation of the earlier allegations continues. As we
have said previously, we take all these incidents very seriously and are
working towards an appropriate resolution.”

Woods, who was selected No. 21 overall by Portland in the 2002 NBA Draft,
has averaged 3.1 points over 115 games in his career.

Woods has previously been cited for marijuana possession and for driving with
a suspended license.