Potentially demeaning material at issue

Updated: April 28, 2004, 1:07 AM ET
Associated Press

The NBA is reviewing a pre-game skit by the Dallas Mavericks to determine if it was demeaning to the Sacramento Kings.

Among the vignettes was a cartoon depicting Kings guard Doug Christie being led on a leash tugged by his wife, and one of forward Chris Webber being showered with money at the University of Michigan.

The skits were used Saturday before Game 3 of the best-of-seven series.

"I got a report late in the day today. All I can tell you right now is we're going to be looking into it," said NBA deputy commissioner Russ Granik, who was attending the Miami Heat-New Orleans Hornets game Tuesday night.

"It sounded to me like some of that may have crossed the line, but I don't want to prejudge it until I get a full report in the next day or so."

Granik said there are rules about not demeaning members of the other team.

"There are fairly stiff fines for violating those rules," he said.

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