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Players Produce Affidavit Backing Kemp, Agent Says

Associated Press

Shawn Kemp’s agent says the Seattle SuperSonics have signed an affidavit refuting a report that their star forward acknowledged a drinking problem.

Agent Tony Dutt told Houston’s KRIV-TV Wednesday that the entire SuperSonics roster has signed a statement swearing that Kemp has made no such statement. He provided a copy of the affidavit, with 14 signatures, to the station.

NBC Sports commentator Peter Vecsey, during NBC’s coverage of the New York-Miami game Saturday, said Kemp divulged that he had a problem with alcohol at a players-only meeting called by Gary Payton after an April 5 game against Dallas.

Vecsey, who cited unidentified sources, also said Kemp was to meet with a union official to talk about the issue.

Kemp and his teammates have since gone out of their way to condemn the report.

Dutt, whose office is in Houston, said the signatures include all Sonics players, including those on injured reserve.

Dutt told KRIV that Kemp has retained New Jersey lawyer Sal DiFazio to consider possible legal action.

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