NBA probes Jordan payments

March 21, 1992

The NBA confirmed reports yesterday that it will look into check payments made by Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan.

"I wouldn't call it an investigation, but we are looking into it," NBA spokesman Brian McIntyre said after reports that two checks signed by Jordan and a copy of cashier's checks totaling $108,000 were found by lawyers and police in the estate of bondsman Eddie Dow.

Dow's lawyer and his brother said the checks were to pay gambling debts incurred by Jordan, The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette reported.

Jordan has denied knowledge of the checks and said he wasn't familiar with information about gambling.

After Wednesday night's game against the Washington Bullets, Jordan said: "I am totally out of that situation. I have no further comment."

* LAKERS: Seven-time all-star James Worthy, 31, who averaged a team-high 19.9 points, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and will be sidelined for the rest of the season.

"The surgery has been completed, there was general wear and tear there, a little debris was cleaned up," said John Black, public relations director.

* ROCKETS: Center Hakeem Olajuwon was cleared to play after a Magnetic Resonance Imaging test Friday found no significant muscle damage to his left hamstring.

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