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Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

Posted on: December 24, 2010 10:24 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:50 pm
 
Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee of the Washington Wizards reportedly exchanged punches at a Washington, D.C. nightclub on Christmas Eve. Posted by Ben Golliverandray-blatche-javale-mcgee Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche and center JaVale McGee took a short break from underperforming on the court to engage in fisticuffs at a nightclub on Christmas Eve, reports the Washington Post
Multiple league sources have confirmed that teammates Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee were involved in an altercation outside an area club early Friday morning.
Witnesses have said that the players were screaming expletives at each other, but two league sources added that Blatche and McGee also exchanged several punches at the Shadow Room in Northwest Washington. A Wizards spokesman released a statement late Friday that read, "The team looked into the matter earlier today and determined it was simply a disagreement between teammates."
Well, on the bright side, it was fists and not firearms.  Friday morning's incident comes roughly one year after former Wizards guards Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton got into a disagreement that saw Arenas bring multiple guns into the team's locker room, and ended with Arenas suspended for the remainder of the season. Both players are young. Blatche is 24 years old and McGee is just 22, and  no one would confuse either player with a mature adult. But their altercation, with some details still remaining unclear, is another sign that there is still work to be done in changing the Wizards' culture.  Washington's new owner, Ted Leonsis, has said in recent interviews that a full rebuilding effort will take multiple years. Both Blatche, who is averaging 16.8 points and 7.7 rebounds, and McGee, who is averaging 9.2 points and 8.3 rebounds, are generally assumed to be in the team's longterm plans, which focus on building around franchise point guard John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft.  But with any headline-drawing incident like this, it's good to step back and ask a simple but tough question: Will these players help Wall achieve greatness, will they stand in the way, or will they be a distraction? Bottom line: if they're not helping, they're hurting.  The Wizards are currently 7-20 and in last place in the NBA's Southeast Division. With no meaningful games remaining in their 2010-2011 season, this is an excellent time for the Wizards to take a hard-line stance on player transgressions. Get through to them, or get them out of there. Wall's future is too bright to waste.
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Since: Apr 18, 2008
Posted on: December 25, 2010 10:36 am
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

With the team struggling and forcing both players to upgrade their game I understand the frustration they boyh sould be feeling. The comments that both are black makes no sense since most of the NBA is black. The fact that both are young players on a team without vetran leadership are the only facts that matter. Hopefully for the Wizards organization this is over with the two of them just blowing off steam as they learn to handle the pressure and play as a team.




Since: Apr 22, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2010 10:15 am
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

Maybe the NBA should start calling that team the "Bullets" again...so things can chill out over there :)



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2010 10:03 am
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

"all i care about is finding out who won."



They're Wizards.  Somehow they both lost. 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 25, 2010 9:39 am
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

all i care about is finding out who won.  








Since: May 30, 2009
Posted on: December 25, 2010 8:56 am
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

Sure hate to hear this again about any young players. Seems like they always get into trouble from that night club type activity that may have involved drinking which can sometimes lead to trouble.  Even though they are of legal age they should have been with family or some good non night club non drinking friends especially at this time of year when fellings and emotions can run high. A shame the young people like these boys do not have some solid sound adult to watch out for them. They both have a tremendous future in the NBA and this type of activity could really hurt them down the road with endorsments. On the plus side a lot of times something like this will happen and the relationship between both of them could grow stronger and in the end could help them on the court and more inportant in life. The team is very young and going though some growning pains. Get John Wall healty back full time, pick up maybe a solid veteran player to give them on the court and club house direction, and just start winning will lead them out of this funk. We would hope they really learn something from this.



Since: Dec 25, 2010
Posted on: December 25, 2010 7:47 am
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

agreed w unfiltered, there is absolutely no reason race should be discussed in this forum. If you feel that strongly about it maybe you should just go suck a bag of dicks. look at the big picture, the team is 7-20 maybe it's just frustration, maybe two much to drink, so on and so forth. But in your words "black men w to much money ", get the fuck over yourself.

Marry Christmas.



Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: December 25, 2010 7:37 am
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

 Sportsline keeps forgetting that this is the NBA. Stuff like this is common among the uneducated with loads of cash.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 25, 2010 6:36 am
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

Re-read that post Hawg, is says "note the sarcasm."  Please learn to comprehend what you read before posting, otherwise you just make people shake their head at you in disappointment.



Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: December 25, 2010 3:50 am
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

Not sure why race came up ?

This is just 2 young men who made a bad decision... Somebody mentioned hockey; are you serious? I've seen highlights when 2 guys have almost killed each other during the game...

The league needs to get tougher on professional players in every sport when they act against the proper conduct rules. Tougher penalties may help these pro players use their common sense more effectively.





Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2010 1:29 am
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

Both need to be traded. Blatche has been worthless, with a history of putting himself in the wrong surrondings, and Mcgee will always be stuck with teh term "potential" not "player". Get cash, any kind of picks, hell buy every fan a beer at a game. Just jettison baggage.


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