People: Feb. 20, 2006

PENALTY BOX?

Did the Great One pull a fast one? JANET JONES GRETZKY, wife of hockey legend WAYNE GRETZKY, allegedly placed bets with a $1.7 million illegal-gambling ring in New Jersey. And Gretzky's assistant coach at the Phoenix Coyotes, Rick Tocchet, allegedly financed the ring. Neither Gretzky faces charges in the investigation, which authorities call Operation Slapshot, although she may be a witness before a grand jury. Tocchet's lawyer says he is innocent of all charges. Despite his proximity to the case, Gretzky says, "I didn't bet. Didn't happen. Not going to happen. Hasn't happened."

Q&A TYLER PERRY

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