Billy Dee Smith and Andrew Suitor Lose Appeals, Will Miss First Two Games

The National Lacrosse League announced that both Billy Dee Smith of the Buffalo Bandits and Andrew Suitor of the Minnesota Swarm have lost their appeals and will serve two game suspensions to start the 2013 season.

Suitor is suspended for being the instigator in a fight in a playoff game against the Edmonton Rush and it was his third game misconduct of 2012, resulting in an automatic suspension. He got an extra game for having a misconduct on the team’s last game of the season.

For Smith, he had the suspensions for the same reasons, three misconducts and one on the last game of the season. His game for a slash to the leg of a player on the Toronto Rock in a playoff game.

Meanwhile, free agents Jesse Fehr and Jovan Miller had their suspensions taken away, so if they sign with a club they do not need to sit out a game. However, free agent Jesse Gamble will still need to serve his one game suspension.

Dane Dobbie of the Calgary Roughnecks will also sit out the opening game against Toronto for being deemed an instigator in their playoff loss to the Edmonton Rush in the Western Conference Finals.

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