Olowokandi sits vs. Grizzlies

Originally Published: November 26, 2004
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Timberwolves center Michael Olowokandi was suspended by the team for a second game Friday night, one day after police used a stun gun to subdue him when he refused to leave a club.

Michael Olowokandi
Olowokandi

Olowokandi was not with the Timberwolves for their 115-90 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies at Target Center, but will rejoin the team for Sunday's game at Sacramento.

"We are hopeful that Michael can put this incident behind him and look forward to him helping us on the court for the remainder of the season," said Kevin McHale, Minnesota's vice president of basketball operations.

Olowokandi was taken into custody about 3 a.m. Thursday after he refused to leave an Indianapolis club, police said. He was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing, both misdemeanors.

The center was suspended for Thursday night's game against the Indiana Pacers for "conduct detrimental to the team." Coach Flip Saunders talked about the episode before Friday's game, and addressed why the team does not have a curfew.

"These are grown men," Saunders said. "You step in when you see its affecting your play or the organization." Olowokandi is averaging 5.3 points and 5.2 rebounds.


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