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Carter withdraws suit

Raptors coach simply says 'It's over'

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Posted: Wednesday April 26, 2000 02:29 AM

  Carter says he plans to explain in greater detail why he dropped the suit. AP

TORONTO (AP) -- After a lengthy talk with NBA deputy commissioner Russ Granik, Toronto Raptors coach Butch Carter said he was wrong to sue Marcus Camby of the New York Knicks.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Carter, who spoke to Granik on Monday, admitted that "bringing the courthouse into the locker room was not the best way to address this particular matter."

Carter filed a $5 million defamation lawsuit on Friday, two days before the teams opened their playoff series, because the former Toronto forward called him a "liar" and said many players don't like him. Camby claimed he was traded to the Knicks just days after Carter promised to build the Raptors around him.

Players from the Knicks and Raptors laughed when they first heard about the lawsuit last week, and Granik called it "unprecedented and highly inappropriate."

"There was pressure and influence on me to [file the lawsuit]," said Carter, who wouldn't say who pressured him. "It's the same thing, you know, your advisory board sometimes changes."

"We're happy with Butch's decision, and we look forward to the rest of the series," NBA spokesperson Teri Washington said.

Told that Carter dropped the lawsuit, Camby said he had other things on his mind.

"It didn't really affect me when it was brought out," he said. "So all I'm worried about is Game 2."

The Raptors lost the playoff opener 92-88. Game 2 of the best-of-five series is tonight in New York.

Earlier this week, Carter said he might consider dropping the lawsuit if Camby apologized. Camby didn't.

Raptors guard Tracy McGrady is glad the distraction is over.

"It's out of the way. We don't have to worry about that," McGrady said. "The only thing we have to worry about is the New York Knicks. We just have to get back to playing basketball. We should have had that game Sunday."

The Camby fiasco wasn't the only controversy for Carter this month.

In a book he co-wrote with his brother, NFL wide receiver Cris Carter, Carter accused his former college coach, Indiana's Bobby Knight, of using a racial slur toward a player.

He also saw his team slump badly and endured criticism from his veteran players for calling so many plays for Vince Carter and McGrady.

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