Friday , Jan , 21 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Trail Blazers waive Woods

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – The Portland Trail Blazers waived swingman
Qyntel Woods on Friday.

Woods had been suspended without pay by the club since October 12, 2004, when
allegations of animal abuse were first levied against him. Two weeks later,
the league suspended him without pay for five games for violating the terms of
the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.

The Oregonian reported that Woods will plead guilty Friday to misdemeanor
animal abuse and be sentenced to probation.

“Qyntel was waived as a result of material breaches of the contract with the
Trail Blazers organization and for failure to comply with team rules,” said
team president Steve Patterson. “Paul Allen has made a commitment to this
community and as I have said from the time I came to this organization, our
fans and this city can have the expectation that we will do the right thing.
From the moment we were made aware of this disturbing situation, we have acted
quickly and in a strong manner by suspending Qyntel and cooperating with
authorities. In light of today’s developments, it is clear that the Trail
Blazers and Qyntel Woods must part ways. We are confident that this action is
both justified and appropriate.”

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

The 6-8, 221-pound Woods, who was selected 21st overall by Portland in the
2002 NBA Draft, has averaged 3.1 points over 115 career games.