CLEVELAND — The Jazz on Monday announced discipline for Robert Whaley and Deron Williams, the two rookies recently in trouble for allegedly providing police with false identities following an incident at a Park City bar.

Whaley, who also admittedly lied about how he sustained a six-stitch cut to his right hand, was suspended one game without pay (between $4,000 and $5,000) and fined an additional undisclosed amount of money. Williams was fined an undisclosed sum as well.

"The Jazz organization has taken this issue very seriously and imposed sanctions accordingly," basketball operations senior vice president Kevin O'Connor said in a team-released statement.

Because the Jazz punished both, the NBA is not expected to take any action of its own.

O'Connor later said Whaley, who practiced Monday for tonight's game at Cleveland, will serve his one-game suspension whenever Jazz trainer Gary Briggs clears him to play.

That could happen as soon as tonight or perhaps later on a five-game trip that continues Wednesday at Boston and concludes Friday at New York.

Both players are permitted to file labor grievances over the action, but the Jazz do not anticipate that.

Whaley and Williams were at Harry O's, a Park City private club for members, the weekend before last when a small group of Denver Nuggets fans allegedly verbally harassed them.

The verbal altercation spilled outside, and one Nuggets fan was later charged with assault for allegedly throwing a beer bottle that broke a nightclub employee's arm.

When Park City police questioned Whaley and Williams, Whaley allegedly claimed to be "Bobby Williams" and Williams allegedly claimed to be "Torrey Ellis" — an apparent attempt to hide the true identity of Whaley, a second-round draft choice with a history of legal troubles who feared losing his job with the Jazz. Each was cited last week for providing false information to a peace officer, a class C misdemeanor that according to The Associated Press carries a penalty of up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $750.

Each also has 14 working days from Monday, when the citations were formally filed at Summit County Judicial Court, to either pay a fine by mail or set a court date.

If a court date is set, it probably will not come until sometime early next year.

Whaley received a stiffer penalty from the team than Williams in large part because he claimed to have cut his hand while taking a kitchen knife away from his 2-year-old son, rather than admitting it happened — apparently accidentally — at Harry O's shortly before the incident with the Nuggets fans.

Whaley read from a prepared statement last Wednesday to apologize for lying, but neither player responded to requests made through the team for comment on the Jazz's disciplinary action.

KIRILENKO QUESTIONABLE: The Jazz say he might play tonight at Cleveland, but forward Andrei Kirilenko did not practice Monday because of back spasms that also caused him to miss the second half of Saturday's win at Milwaukee.

Forward Matt Harpring, who didn't play Saturday after getting an anti-inflammatory injection for his surgically repaired right knee, and guard Keith McLeod, who didn't play against the Bucks in part because of lower-back stiffness, both practiced Monday and should be available tonight.

BOLTING BOOZER: Here's columnist Roger Brown's take from Sunday's Cleveland Plain Dealer on Carlos Boozer, the ex-Cavaliers forward who left for Utah in 2004 but is not traveling with the Jazz because of a hamstring strain that's kept him out all season: "Many believe Boozer, an injury-plagued flop since he bolted the Cavs last year, wants to goad Utah into dealing him to the Los Angeles Lakers."


Contributing: Pat Reavy

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