Raymond Felton suspended 4 games for gun charges

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The National Basketball Association has handed a four game suspension to Raymond Felton of the  Dallas Mavericks.

Felton plead guilty to gun charges while as a member of the New York Knicks and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has now handed down his own punishment to the point guard.

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Felton pleaded guilty last month to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm. As part of a plea that spared him jail time, Felton admitted to knowingly having a large-capacity ammunition magazine and a semi-automatic pistol without a license.

Poor Judgement

"I demonstrated poor judgment and I take full responsibility for my actions," Felton said in a statement released Thursday by the Mavs. "Moving forward, I'm eager to get to Dallas, to start fresh and make a positive impact in the Dallas metropolitan area."

The criminal case arose last winter, when Felton was in the midst of the breakup of his marriage and a poor season with New York. He was traded to Dallas along with Tyson Chandler in a six-player deal in June.

Felton had to pay a $5,000 fine and must do 500 hours of community service to satisfy theterms of his plea deal.

Cuban Statement

"Today we were made aware of Raymond Felton's suspension," Mavs owner Mark Cuban said in a statement released by the team.

"We also learned that Raymond will be permitted to complete his community service outside the state of New York. The Mavericks are working with Raymond and the court to develop a community service program that will have a positive and lasting impact on North Texas."

The Mavs had planned to have Felton, Devin Harris and free-agent addition Jameer Nelson splitting time at the point guard position, whilst also picking up minutes behind Monta Ellis at the two guard spot.

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