Sloan Gets Seven-Game Suspension for Shoving Official

Sloan Gets Seven-Game Suspension for Shoving Official

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(New York-AP) -- The NBA has suspended Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan for seven games for shoving an official.

Sloan and official Courtney Kirkland exchanged words face-to-face in the first quarter of the Jazz's 102-to-92 victory at Sacramento last night.

The coach argued that Kings guard Doug Christie stepped out of bounds on the sideline right near where Kirkland was standing.

Sloan got down and put his hand on the spot where he thought Christie stepped out.

Sloan then pushed Kirkland in the chest and was ejected. As Sloan was escorted away by arena security, he motioned for Kirkland to come toward him.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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