ILIndoor.com learned late Thursday night that Buffalo Bandits forward Brandon Francis has been suspended for 4 (four) games by the National Lacrosse League. The penalty is the result of actions late in Saturday’s 16-9 loss to the Boston Blazers. Video replays show a scrum near the Boston bench with plenty of shoving and no definitive fights, until Francis finds Boston defenseman Jack Reid. The Buffalo forward landed a few pops to Reid as Reid was trapped between the board and other players. Reid dropped to the turf and covered his head as Francis continued to punch. Francis received a game-misconduct, his second of the regular season, among other penalties. The suspension is believed to be the most severe issued by the NLL since Tom Naglieri of the New York Saints played 5 games in the 2002-2003 season before he was suspended for the remaining 11 games for an incident with an official. It’s not clear if Francis plans to appeal. Also suspended for 1 game is Boston rookie Jason Duboe, who can be seen throwing punches from the bench during the melee. Stay tuned to ILIndoor.com for details as they become available.Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to RochesterSports.com.
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