For misdemeanor marijuana possession after the car they were in was stopped by police near Centralia, Wash., Portland Trail Blazers co-captains Damon Stoudamire and Rasheed Wallace. The players were set to appear in Lewis County District Court on Dec. 6. Under Washington law, misdemeanor possession is punishable with a fine of up to $1,000 and 90 days in jail. "They're deeply sorry for what happened, as we all are," said Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks.
To the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, former Cowboys and Oilers center Mark Stepnoski, 35. As a spokesman for NORML, the former Pro Bowler, who retired last January after 13 seasons, will push for the reform of marijuana laws. Says Stepnoski, "After a game you hurt so much, you need something to relax. I'd rather smoke than take painkillers."
For antigay remarks, San Francisco running back Garrison Hearst. In an interview with The Fresno Bee published on Nov. 1, Hearst—reacting to former NFL player Esera Tuaolo's revelation of his homosexuality—derided gays and said he wouldn't want a gay teammate. After initially standing by his quotes, Hearst reversed field, saying, "Being African-American, I know that discrimination is wrong." Though several team officials condemned his remarks, he was not disciplined by the 49ers. Lorri Jean, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, called the apology "too little and too late." In September the New York Giants' Jeremy Shockey apologized for saying he hoped he didn't have any gay teammates.
In the left arm during an attempted carjacking in Venezuela, Houston Astros outfielder Richard Hidalgo. The 27-year-old slugger, who bats and throws right-handed, was attacked while waiting in his truck for a friend in Valencia, about 90 miles west of his native Caracas. He was hospitalized briefly and then returned to Houston for further tests. The Astros released a statement on Monday saying that Hidalgo had suffered muscle and nerve damage in his left forearm from the nine-millimeter slug. He was to be monitored for another 10 to 14 days, but the team was "cautiously optimistic" that even if surgery were necessary, he would be ready for the start of spring training.
To the Olympic village for the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team, certain to be 12 of the highest-paid athletes in professional sports. USA Basketball president Tom Jernstedt announced that both the men's and women's teams will live in the village for security purposes and to build camaraderie. At previous Olympics the men have bunked at such luxury hotels as Barcelona's Ambassador, Atlanta's Omni (where Reggie Miller groused "the room service is terrible") and Sydney's Pacific International.
Of assaulting New York Yankees pitcher David Wells, Rocco Graziosa, a 27-year-old bartender from Yonkers, N.Y. Graziosa, who clashed with Wells in an all-night diner in Manhattan several hours after Wells's complete-game win against the Tigers on Sept. 7, faces up to a year in jail when he is sentenced on Jan. 15. During the four-day trial, Wells, listed at 6'4" and 235 pounds, testified that Graziosa mocked his weight after the player ordered an egg-white omelette, saying, "Why don't you order a f———cheeseburger?" Wells, 39, said he then approached the 5'7", 150-pound Graziosa, who punched Wells, knocking out two of his teeth. Bleeding from the forehead and mouth, Wells dialed 911 and in a profanity-laced call told the operator, "My emergency is I just got offended."