The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
Michael Finley Not Arrested
Originally posted 7/28/2003

Michael Finley, seen here not getting arrested. Finley was not arrested again this week.
DALLAS - Basketball fans everywhere were shocked with week with the non-arrest of All-Star forward Michael Finley of the Dallas Mavericks. Finley, after failing to violate any laws, assault any women, be caught with any drugs or brandish any weapons, was not booked by Dallas police and did not spend the night in jail.

"This is a really stunning story," said ESPN basketball analyst Ric Bucher. "Here you have an NBA All-Star, an active member of the community, a fan favorite, and he doesn't get arrested. We just... no one knows quite what to do."

"I'd just like to say to my family: hey. What's up?," Finley said Thursday. "And to my teammates, who always supported me: are we still on for dinner Saturday? My place? I've got some pretty good steaks I'm going to grill up. Someone should bring chips, though, if people want any."

"I would caution everybody not to over-react, not to judge until all the facts are in," said NBA commissioner David Stern. "I would also ask that everybody respect the privacy of Michael Finley and his family during this time. Not that there's anything up in particular with Michael Finley; it's just generally a good idea to respect people's privacy."

Dallas fans appeared to remain supportive of Finley in the aftermath of the non-incident. "I'll always back the Mavericks," said Troy Franklin, 28, of Ft. Worth. "I've been a fan as long as I can remember. I'm sure I'll continue to root for Michael Finley. I mean, why wouldn't I? It's not like he did anything."

Finley is expected not to miss any games this season, since there won't be a trial, since he didn't do anything.

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