Dakota Wizards player suspended after fight

Updated: December 22, 2006, 10:08 PM ET
Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Dakota Wizards have suspended forward Awvee Storey after a fight that landed a teammate in the hospital.

Team officials said Friday that the 6-foot-6 Storey was suspended indefinitely, but declined further comment pending an investigation by the NBA Development League.

"It's a league issue when they're assigned by the league," Wizards spokesman Mike Offerdahl said. "They're the league's players, not our players."

Bismarck Police Lt. Dan Donlin said 7-foot-2 post Martynas Andriuskevicius was knocked unconscious with a blow to the head during a scuffle at practice. Police did not release the name of the player who struck Andriuskevicius, because Andriuskevicius did not want to file a complaint, Donlin said.

"There is no investigation being pursued on our part," Donlin said.

Andriuskevicius was assigned by the Chicago Bulls to the Wizards earlier this month.

Police officers were called to the Bismarck Civic Center at 1:46 p.m. Thursday, and Andriuskevicius was taken by ambulance to the hospital, Donlin said.

Offerdahl said the team could not comment on Andriuskevicius' condition.

Storey, 29, played college basketball at Arizona State and appeared in 34 NBA games the past two seasons with New Jersey and Washington. He appeared in three games for the Wizards, averaging nine points and six rebounds off the bench.

Storey was arrested last Memorial Day weekend on charges of refusing to obey a police order during an incident in Miami Beach. A police report said Storey had been blocking traffic in the middle of a busy street and did not obey an officer's orders to get back to the sidewalk. Prosecutors said Storey's case was dismissed after he made a $250 contribution to a charity.

On Friday, the Dakota Wizards signed Alfred Neale, 6-6, 200-pound forward who averaged five points and three rebounds in 27 games with Sioux Falls last season.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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