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NBA DECIDES IT WON'T PUNISH JORDAN FOR HIS LARGE GAMBLING DEBTS

Michael Jordan says he's learned his lesson.

The Chicago Bulls star was relieved Tuesday after learning that the NBA had decided not to punish him for running up large gambling debts playing golf and cards."I'm the biggest sucker around when it comes to golf," Jordan said before Tuesday night's game against the New York Knicks. "It wasn't hard to find someone to get a game with. My handicap is going up from here on in.

"I'm glad to put this behind me. I hope I've learned my lesson."

NBA commissioner David Stern said the league found no cause for disciplinary action against Jordan, who reportedly gambled with a convicted cocaine dealer and another man who later was killed in an unrelated robbery.

The NBA concluded its probe with an interview of Jordan in New York. The five-time scoring champion was questioned by NBA deputy commissioner Russ Granik, league security director Horace Balmer and Frederick Lacey, a former federal judge and U.S. attorney who helped the NBA conduct the investigation.

"Judge Lacey has assured us that there appears to be no reason for the NBA to take action against Michael," Stern said.