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Phoenix Suns suspend Robert Horry for two games for fight with coach

January 6, 1997

PHOENIX (AP) _ Phoenix Suns forward Robert Horry was suspended today for two games without pay for throwing a towel and swearing at coach Danny Ainge during Sunday’s game against the Boston Celtics.

Horry will miss Tuesday’s game in Atlanta and Wednesday’s game at Washington. He will rejoin his team in Phoenix Friday for a game against Charlotte.

The altercation happened when Horry was pulled in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game at Boston which the Suns lost 109-102. He screamed a stream of obscenities at Ainge and threw a towel in his face before being restrained by teammates.

``I’ve always been a fighter ever since I was in high school and college,″ Horry said. ``Sometimes when you have a lot of emotions you come back, even at coaches.″

Horry, who was traded to the Suns after winning two NBA titles with the Houston Rockets, apologized to Ainge and the team.

``Players are entitled to display frustration, but there is a limit to what our staff will tolerate,″ said Suns general manager Bryan Colangelo. ``Robert has apologized and discussed the issue at length with Danny. Once the suspension is served, we will regard the issue as closed and forgotten.″

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