Sky terminates contract of guard Jackson

Updated: May 23, 2007, 5:01 PM ET
Associated Press

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.


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