Sprewell ticketed for failing to obey officer

MINNEAPOLIS -- Latrell Sprewell of the Minnesota Timberwolves received a misdemeanor citation Tuesday after being
involved in a verbal confrontation with a police officer.

Sprewell, who was criticized by NBA Commissioner David Stern for
comments he made regarding a contract extension, was riding in a
vehicle that was stopped in downtown Minneapolis about 6 p.m.
Tuesday, police spokesman Ron Reier said.

Sprewell spoke up while the driver was being questioned about
licensing and insurance.

"Somehow, Sprewell attempted to intervene in the situation,"
Reier said. "He was then ordered to not interfere."

Sprewell ignored the order and was ticketed for failing to obey
the lawful order of a police officer, Reier said.

Sprewell has demanded that the team extend his contract, or
he'll ask to be traded. Sprewell averaged 16.8 points last season
and is due to make $14.6 million this year.

Timberwolves vice president Kevin McHale declined to comment
about the citation.