Weight problem gains Duckworth a 2nd suspension

March 01, 1995|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,Sun Staff Writer

LANDOVER -- Once again, Kevin Duckworth has fallen out of the good graces of the Washington Bullets.

For the second time in less than a month, Duckworth was suspended by general manager John Nash yesterday for failure to stay in good physical condition.

Duckworth has had a weight problem since joining the Bullets last season. He originally was suspended on Feb. 3 "for failure to keep in good physical condition" after his weight moved into the 320-pound range. By the time the ban ended, he had missed six games.

Duckworth's contract doesn't state an exact weight he has to meet, but says he has to be "physically fit to play basketball."

After seeing a doctor who was approved by Duckworth and the Bullets, he returned on Feb. 17 and, in the four games in which he's played since, he's had a combined 13 points and five rebounds in 48 minutes of action.

He did not play in Saturday's victory over the Sacramento Kings.

Duckworth's previous suspension cost him $190,000. He can return to the team after a week if a doctor clears him as being physically fit to play.

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