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Sky terminates contract of guard Jackson

5/23/2007 - WNBA

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Sky terminated the contract of guard
Deanna Jackson on Wednesday, one month after she hit an opposing
player in a parking lot after Israel's national league title game.

Jackson, who spent the offseason playing for Israeli team Anda
Ramat Hasharon, was placed on indefinite suspension by the Sky
following her arrest on April 24 for assaulting Elitzur Ramle guard
Ina Gourevitch in a Jerusalem parking lot after an 81-68 loss in
the championship game.

"Although we have been informed that there is still an ongoing
investigation of Deanna's altercation with Ina in Israel, the
general nature of the incident is not in dispute," Sky owner
Michael Alter said. "Based on her decisions and actions that
occurred after a game, Deanna has violated her collective
bargaining agreement and player contract."

The two players had gotten into a skirmish and shouted insults
at each other near the end of the game. Police said the clash
spilled into the parking lot, where Jackson sought out Gourevitch
and punched her, breaking her nose.

Jackson averaged 5.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in five WNBA
seasons with Cleveland, Indiana and Chicago.