MINNEAPOLIS -- The NBA is reviewing comments Timberwolves
swingman Latrell Sprewell allegedly made to a heckler during
Minnesota's overtime victory Saturday over the Los Angeles
Clippers, according to a newspaper report.
Sprewell responded to the female heckler with a sexually vulgar
term, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported in its Tuesday
The comment was apparently picked up by a courtside microphone
and was broadcast by Los Angeles television station KTLA and by the
Timberwolves' broadcast on KSTC television in Minnesota.
Tim Frank, vice president of basketball communications for the
NBA, said league senior vice president Stu Jackson was reviewing
the tape. A decision on possible punishment was unlikely before
A spokesman for the Timberwolves said the team had no comment.
KTLA-TV general manager Vincent Malcolm told the Star Tribune
that the station had received as many as 15 complaints and will
institute a seven-second delay in the future.
The incident is the latest controversy for Sprewell. Last month,
he received a misdemeanor citation after arguing with a police
officer during a traffic stop. Sprewell, who was a passenger in the
vehicle, claimed he was treated unfairly.
The 34-year-old Sprewell also demanded that the Timberwolves
either extend his contract or trade him, saying, "I've got my
family to feed." The comment by Sprewell, who will make $14.6
million this season in the final year of his deal, drew criticism
from NBA commissioner David Stern.