Telfair Fined for Loaded Gun on Plane

Thursday, February 16, 2006

The Trail Blazers fined G Sebastian Telfair yesterday after a loaded gun was found on the team's private jet at Boston's Logan International Airport.

The handgun was found in a pillowcase belonging to Telfair as the team plane was being prepared for a flight from Boston to Toronto, the team said in a statement.

Telfair, 20, told authorities the gun belonged to his girlfriend and that he inadvertently grabbed the wrong bag when leaving for the team's road trip.

"We did sweep the plane and we did find the handgun, and it was a loaded handgun," said Jennifer Peppin , a regional spokeswoman based in Seattle for the Transportation Security Administration. "Once we got that, we turned it over to the state police in Boston."

The gun is registered in Oregon to Samantha Rodriguez , Telfair's girlfriend of five years.

The matter was turned over to the Massachusetts Port Authority, which said no charges would be filed.

The team fined Telfair an undisclosed amount for violating league and team policy.

· MILICIC TO MAGIC: The Pistons gave up on F-C Darko Milicic , trading the No. 2 pick in the 2003 draft to the Magic for a first-round selection and C Kelvin Cato , a source told the AP.

The source within the league, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced by either team, said reserve G Carlos Arroyo also was dealt to Orlando as part of the trade.

· NEW JOB FOR RUDY T: Rudy Tomjanovich , former head coach of the Rockets and Lakers, was appointed director of scouting for the U.S. men's national basketball team. He will oversee the scouting of opponents for the world championships in Japan next summer and for the 2008 Olympics.

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