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Suns’ Penny Hardaway Investigated

December 2, 2000

PHOENIX (AP) _ Police have completed their investigation of a complaint filed against Phoenix Suns guard Penny Hardaway by his girlfriend, and have turned their report over to a town prosecutor.

A police spokesman said Latarsha McCray filed the complaint Nov. 20, two days after she alleged Hardaway yelled at her while holding a gun at his side at his home in a Phoenix suburb.

``I am aware of the report,″ Hardaway said in a statement released Friday. ``At this time, I respectfully cannot comment any further on the issue.″

The 10-day investigation concluded Thursday when detectives handed their report to town prosecutor John Hudson, who will determine whether charges are filed.

``He never threatened her. He never pointed (the gun) at her,″ said Lt. Ron Warner of the Paradise Valley Police Department. ``He just told her to get back in the house.″

The Suns released a statement Friday supporting him with the ``hope that this matter is resolved with a fair and favorable conclusion for Penny Hardaway and the Phoenix Suns.″

Warner said Hardaway had flown McCray in from Memphis, Tenn., in an attempt to reconcile their relationship. The two have an 8-year-old daughter, he said.

Hardaway has been on the injured list all season while recovering from surgery on his left knee. He recently had another arthroscopic surgery on the knee and hopes to rejoin the team by the end of the month.