PORTLAND, Ore. -- Forward Qyntel Woods, already suspended by
the Portland Trail Blazers following allegations of dog fighting,
has been suspended without pay for five games by the NBA for
violating the league's drug policy.
The NBA suspension announced Friday starts with Wednesday
night's season opener at Golden State.
The league and its players' association do not reveal details
about drug testing.
The Trail Blazers suspended Woods without pay during the
preseason after a television news report linked him to dog
fighting. Sheriff's deputies and Oregon Humane Society officials
have twice searched his Lake Oswego home for evidence.
No criminal charges have been brought in the case.
"We are all disappointed that Woods continues to bring negative
attention to this franchise," the team said in a statement issued
after the league's announcement. "Our investigation of the earlier
allegations continues. As we have said previously, we take all
these incidents very seriously and are working towards an
Woods and his agent, Raymond Brothers, have denied wrongdoing in
the dog fighting case.
Brothers could not immediately be reached for comment on Friday.
Dog fighting is a felony in Oregon. Promoting or conducting dog
fighting is punishable by up to $100,000 in fines and up to five
years in jail.
The Blazers were in Seattle Friday night for a preseason game
against the SuperSonics.
In January, Woods pleaded no contest to a marijuana charge
stemming from a traffic stop in March 2003. He did not admit guilt.
Woods was cited when he was stopped for speeding and an officer
smelled marijuana coming from his vehicle.
In February, Woods was fined by the Blazers for conduct
detrimental to the team after the driver of a car he was riding in
during the weekend was arrested for driving under the influence.
Woods was the 21st overall pick in the 2002 draft out of
Northeast Mississippi Community College. He averaged 3.6 points and
2.2 rebounds appearing in 62 games last season.