Precedent: Rodman suspended 11 games in '97

Updated: March 20, 2005, 1:26 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Orlando Magic guard Steve Francis was suspended indefinitely by the NBA on Saturday for kicking a courtside photographer in the fourth quarter of the Magic's loss in Seattle on Friday night.

Steve Francis

The NBA will investigate further before determining the length of the suspension. Former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman was suspended for 11 games and fined $25,000 for kicking a courtside cameraman on Jan. 17, 1997.

Francis, who had 19 points for the Magic, denied kicking the man.

"He threw my legs down, man. That was it," Francis said Friday night. "No. Uh, uh. I don't know what happened."

The Magic played at Portland on Saturday night.

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