Peterson says he won't be fined for slapping Carter

Updated: January 9, 2006, 8:56 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Toronto Raptors forward Morris Peterson says he won't face any fines for slapping former teammate Vince Carter in the face during Sunday's game against the New Jersey Nets.

 Morris Peterson
Peterson

Peterson spoke with Stu Jackson, the NBA's senior vice president of basketball operations, before Monday's game against the Chicago Bulls.

"I got a chance to talk to Stu Jackson. They reviewed everything and looked over everything and felt like there isn't going to be a fine assessed to me. That's the good news," Peterson said.

Peterson got a technical foul for arguing a no-call late in the first half. About a minute later, Carter playfully slapped his ex-teammate in the face. Peterson, clearly annoyed, then slapped Carter.

Official Steve Javie didn't see Carter's slap, but he saw Peterson's and gave him his second technical. After he was ejected, an irate Peterson tossed his jersey into the stands before leaving.

"I was upset about the first technical foul," Peterson said. "Vince just told me, 'Don't worry about it, don't sweat it.' We always joke around. It was just an unfortunate break for me. I just want to put yesterday behind."

Carter made a fadeaway 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left to give the Nets a 105-104 victory. Peterson probably would have guarded Carter had he been in the game.


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