Orlando's Francis suspended indefinitely

THE BALTIMORE SUN

PORTLAND, Ore. - Orlando Magic point guard Steve Francis was suspended indefinitely by the NBA yesterday for allegedly kicking a league courtside photographer Friday night in Seattle.

The Orlando Sentinel has learned that the length of the suspension will be determined after the NBA reviews a videotape today or tomorrow of the incident, which was captured by another television crew.

Francis (Maryland) was suspended without pay for yesterday's game in Portland against the Trail Blazers. He will miss the Magic's next game Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C., against the Bobcats, and maybe more games, if the NBA determines his actions warrant a more serious punishment.

Dennis Rodman was suspended for 11 games and fined $25,000 in 1997 for kicking a courtside photographer in the groin.

Reached on his cell phone in Portland yesterday, Francis told the Orlando Sentinel, "It's crazy. . . . I don't even want to talk about it until I speak to my agent."

Asked if he wanted to tell his side, Francis said, "It don't make a difference. The perception's out there, so it ain't going to make a difference what I say."

The Orlando Sentinel is a Tribune Publishing newspaper.

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