McIntosh, Spirit's leading scorer, is suspended for violating team rules

November 22, 1995|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,SUN STAFF

Franklin McIntosh, the Spirit's leading scorer, has been suspended for at least one game for violation of team rules.

Spirit general manager Drew Forrester said McIntosh will not practice with the team the rest of the week and will miss the game against the Cleveland Crunch Saturday at the Baltimore Arena.

"This will be an ongoing evaluation of Franklin," said Forrester, pointing out that an option would be to trade McIntosh. "The suspension could be two games, five or just one. But ultimately, the future status of Franklin lies with Dave [MacWilliams, the coach]."

Forrester was primarily rankled by McIntosh's disrespect for MacWilliams during the Spirit's win over the Chicago Power Saturday. In front of the team, on the bench and in the locker room, he hurled obscenities at MacWilliams.

"His conduct was unacceptable," Forrester said. "When a player treats a coach with that kind of disrespect, it can't be tolerated. Franklin was told from the start when we signed him last December that he would be required to follow team guidelines like everyone else."

McIntosh, reached for comment last night, admitted that "a few things were said" and that he blew up and got into a "shouting match" with MacWilliams.

"It was my fault," McIntosh said. "I shouldn't have said anything. . . . I apologized to Drew and Dave and I will apologize to the team. I'm happy with Baltimore and I want to stay."

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