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NBA suspends Richardson three games  

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jason Richardson of the Golden State Warriors has been suspended for three games without pay for being convicted of domestic violence over the summer in Michigan, the NBA announced Wednesday.

Richardson's suspension will begin with the Warriors' first game of the 2003-04 season, next Wednesday night against Dallas. He also will miss games against Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Lakers.

``This is the result of an extremely personal matter. I deeply regret being involved in any situation that results in the embarrassment of my family, friends and fans, the Golden State Warriors and the NBA,'' Richardson said in a statement released by the league.

``I fully understand the seriousness of the implications and I accept the penalty imposed by the commissioner. I'm glad to have these issues addressed and behind me.''

Richardson, who is starting his third season in the NBA, was convicted in August of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge stemming from an assault on his ex-girlfriend.

Roshonda Jacqmain testified that Richardson pushed her so hard that she fell and struck her head against a wall at her apartment. A jury deliberated 1 1/2 hours before reaching its verdict.

Richardson is free on bond pending a sentencing hearing. He faces up to 93 days in jail and $500 in fines.