October 21, 1997 in Sports

Surgery To Idle Jordan

Associated Press
 

Michael Jordan will miss the Chicago Bulls’ final three exhibition games after having ingrown toenails removed.

But he should be ready for the regular-season opener Oct. 31, the team said Monday.

“It was decided that it was better for me to have the toenails removed now and thus be ready for the opening of the season,” Jordan said in a statement released by the club. “I’m looking forward to being back on the court next week and starting defense of our championship.”

Rodman spurns contract

Dennis Rodman is unhappy with the contract agreement he reached more than a week ago and still isn’t officially a member of the Chicago Bulls.

Rodman and his agent, Dwight Manley, had separate meetings with Bulls general manager Jerry Krause Monday, but there was no word that the NBA’s six-time rebounding leader had signed.

Rodman, threatening to sit out the start of the regular season if certain incentive clauses aren’t rewritten or eliminated, wasn’t available for comment. Krause and Manley refused to talk.

DJ jailed for assault

Longtime former NBA standout Dennis Johnson was arrested in Orlando, Fla., and charged with aggravated assault on his wife.

Johnson, who played on three NBA championship teams during a 14-year career, was arrested at his home about 4 p.m. after someone there called 911.

“Apparently, he had an argument with his wife. He grabbed her by the throat and held a kitchen knife to her,” said Sheriff’s Cmdr. Steve Jones.

Johnson was MVP of the NBA Finals when Seattle won the 1979 title. He later played for the great Boston Celtics teams of the 1980s.

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