July 4, 2005

Trial of three NBA players delayed until Tuesday

By Frank Pingue

TORONTO (Reuters) - The trial of three U.S.-based NationalBasketball Association players, charged with assault after anincident outside a Toronto strip club, was delayed untilTuesday because of the U.S. Independence Day holiday, aCanadian court said on Monday.

Boston Celtics star Gary Payton, along with then teammatesSam Cassell and Jason Caffey, were charged in April 2003, afteran altercation with one of the downtown club's dancers, herhusband and the club's security guard.

The three players, who were all with the Milwaukee Bucks atthe time, had been in Toronto for a game against the Raptors.

Payton is charged with one count of aggravated assaultcausing bodily harm, and two counts of simple assault.

Cassell, who now plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves, ischarged with one count of aggravated assault causing bodilyharm and one count of simple assault. Caffey, a free agent,faces one count of aggravated assault causing bodily harm.

The three men, who are being represented by high-profilecriminal lawyer Edward Greenspan, could face up to 18 months inprison if convicted.