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April 15, 1987

PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) _ A Maricopa County grand jury investigation of possible drug use by current and former Phoenix Suns players also includes trying to determine whether players for other NBA teams are involved in gambling activities, according to a Phoenix newspaper.

The Phoenix Gazette, in a copyright story Tuesday, quoted two law enforcement officials familiar with the probe as saying that the investigation has focused on several former or current Suns players.

But they said investigators also were attempting to determine whether the players used drugs with other players on other NBA clubs.

The aspect of the investigation involving players on other NBA teams was reasonable considering ″all the mobility of the teams and the mobility of players between teams,″ one of the unidentified sources was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

Neither the Suns’ players or the other teams reportedly under scrutiny were identified.

Newspaper reports last week by the Gazette and The Arizona Republic indicated that current and former Suns players were the subject of investigations related to gambling, drugs or both.

The head of the Phoenix Police Department’s vice unit has confirmed there is a police investigation involving the Suns, but he declined to elaborate. Other police officials declined to even acknowledge the existence of an investigation.

There also has been no official confirmation of the reported investigation by a county grand jury. Under state law, grand jury investigations are secret until they are completed.

NBA Commissioner David Stern said last Friday that the league has been assured that the investigation ″does not involve gambling by anyone having any relationship to the NBA or any of its teams.″ Stern also said the league was not conducting an investigation, as at least one early press report had indicated.

Suns All-Star guard Walter Davis reportedly appeared before the grand jury two weeks ago. He has declined comment on the report.

Davis, 32, left the team for one month last season for treatment at a Van Nuys, Calif., clinic for a substance abuse problem later disclosed to involve cocaine and alcohol.

On Monday, an agent for Suns rookie center William Bedford said the player had told him that he was to appear before the grand jury and that it was likely other current and former Phoenix players also would be subpoenaed to appear.

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