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04-15-2003, 10:30 AM
Toronto police have identified Jason Caffey, Sam Cassell and Gary Payton as the three Milwaukee Bucks players who are being investigated after a dancer, her boyfriend and a doorman outside a city strip club claimed they were assaulted early Friday.

A detective from 14 Division of the Toronto Police Department identified the players Monday evening and said no charges had yet been filed. She said the decision on whether to file charges would be made by Det. George Mullin, who is in charge of the investigation.

Mullin was not available for comment Monday night.

A team spokeswoman, who did not confirm the identities of the players being investigated, said neither the players nor the Bucks would have any comment.

The Bucks arrived in Toronto on Thursday for a game Friday night against the Raptors. The trip was made amid fears about the team's possible exposure to severe acute respiratory syndrome, which has hit the Toronto area hard. The team had announced plans to offer the players a team meal and encourage them to stay in their hotel rooms.

According to authorities, the three players left a taxi parked in front of the club where the dancer worked and got into a shouting match with her boyfriend about 2:30 a.m. Friday.

"Members of the Milwaukee team exited the cab to confront the man and there was a physical confrontation," Mullin told the Associated Press earlier. "The doorman attempted to intervene and he was assaulted as well."

The dancer claimed she was assaulted when she tried to separate her boyfriend from the players, who had spent part of the evening at the club.

The boyfriend had some minor bumps and scrapes but the woman and the doorman had no visible injuries, Mullin said.

That night, Payton scored 25 points and Cassell added 15 points and eight assists in Milwaukee's 105-103 victory over the Raptors. Caffey has been suffering from a sore back and has not played since March 21.

According to Mullin, the team has been cooperative, and the players involved in the investigation had "retained lawyers and have not volunteered any statement," the detective said.

Mullin said there had been negotiations involving police, the National Basketball Association and team executives to determine if any of the players will be returned to Toronto.

jayC
04-15-2003, 06:09 PM
Portland part two. They'll get away with it.