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Blazers, Woods Settle Dispute

February 7, 2006

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ The Portland Trail Blazers and Qyntel Woods have settled their dispute over his suspension for animal abuse, a team spokesman said Monday.

The Trail Blazers suspended Woods in 2004 during an investigation into allegations about his pit bull and dog fighting. The settlement means the dispute won’t go to arbitration.

The settlement involves $750,000 in pay withheld from Woods in the 2004-05 season, when he was to be paid $1.1 million for the third year of a three-year contract. The Trail Blazers will keep about $500,00, spokesman Art Sasse said.

``We think that keeping $500,000 of Qyntel’s money is a stern price to pay for what he did to this team and to the community,″ Sasse said. ``I think the fans want to see the players are held accountable.″

Sasse said the salary in dispute had been held in a trust fund.

As part of an agreement with Clackamas County authorities, Woods pleaded guilty in January 2005 to animal abuse and was sentenced to 12 months of probation and 80 hours of community service. He also pledged $10,000 to the Oregon Humane Society.

The Trail Blazers waived Woods when he pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge. He now plays for the New York Knicks, and recently scored a career-high 24 points against Philadelphia.

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