Sky Suspends Deanna Jackson

The Chicago Sky has suspended Deanna Jackson indefinitely for striking opposing player Ina Gurevich at the end of a playoff game in Israel on Wednesday.

“We spoke with Deanna’s agent yesterday, who confirmed that she struck Gurevich after a game,” said team owner Michael Alter. “We are shocked and embarrassed by this incident. It has no place in the WNBA or the Chicago Sky. We have suspended Deanna from the team indefinitely, pending a further investigation.”

The five-year WNBA veteran was set to join training camp and begin her second season with the Chicago Sky. Jackson was selected eighth overall by the Cleveland Rockers in the 2002 WNBA draft. She was selected by the Indiana Fever in the 2004 Rockers dispersal draft and the Sky acquired her in the 2005 expansion draft.

Jackson has played in Israel in the WNBA off-season for two years. According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Jackson “has been one of the league’s calmest and fairest players. She rarely gets angry either on or off the court, and has even told referees about mistakes they may have made in her favor.” Jackson issued a public apology. She is reportedly traveling back to the United States from Israel over the weekend.

“Even though we know this behavior is atypical for Deanna and she is very remorseful, she must be responsible for her actions, and there are consequences to those actions,” said Margaret Stender Sky CEO. “She is suspended indefinitely. Her behavior in this incident does not represent the Sky or her teammates.”