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Fortson hit with 3-game suspension

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Posted: Saturday, November 29, 2003 2:29 am | Updated: 1:12 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Suns CEO Jerry Colangelo said Friday he may pursue legal action against Dallas Mavericks forward Danny Fortson in the wake of Wednesday's flagrant foul that left Suns rookie Zarko Cabarkapa with a broken wrist.

The NBA announced Friday it had suspended Fortson for three games for shoving Cabarkapa to the floor in the final minutes of a 121-90 win over the Mavericks at America West Arena.

But the suspension did little to appease Colangelo, who referred to Fortson as a "thug" after the incident and promised to "go for the jugular" in regards to his punishment.

"I'm still very upset about this,'' Colangelo said. "There are two things I'm going to do Monday morning. One, look into the possibility of legal action and, two, look into getting something changed in the league rules to address this sort of thing.''

Cabarkapa is out for six to eight weeks after suffering a broken bone in his right wrist.

"When a player is injured in this kind of situation and is out of commission for any portion of time, I think it's only appropriate that the offending player should be out for the same amount of time,'' Colangelo said. "And I think the team (whose player is injured) should be compensated.''

NBA vice president Stu Jackson said Fortson's suspension "was consistent with the other flagrant foul penalties'' enforced by the league, a position Colangelo did not dispute.

"There are some limitations as to what the league can do,'' Colangelo said. "But Monday I plan to call a special meeting of the (NBA) board of governors to address this issue. There has to be a better solution.''

As far as the possibility of legal action against Fortson, Colangelo would not elaborate on whether he would pursue criminal or civil charges.

"I don't want to speculate on that point,'' he said.

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