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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
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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: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: December 25, 2010 1:15 am
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

Thanks for your enlightened comment. It's obvious you wrote it to get a reaction so I will give you one. (Please note the sarcastic tone.) I am so glad that you were able to see that a young black male with a lot of money is always going to get in trouble. When are those Negro thugs going to learn. I'm sure you will also agree that there is no way that the NFL and the NBA is going to make it with those types of players in the league. What is the world coming to? I think we should boycott these leagues until they flush these players out. We should only support the leagues with the clean cut white players because they never get in trouble. That is why the NHL is making so much money because they have the right athletes - I mean the "white" athletes.
Thanks again for making this a racial issue instead of seeing it as 2 immature idiots getting in a fight. 



Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: December 25, 2010 12:52 am
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

Well, the thugs are at it again.  Young arrogant black man with loads of cash is a formula for destrcution.  This is one of the reasons why the NBA lost its reputation as an entertaining sport with a competitive atmosphere.  It's exactly what LeBron James said yesterday.  The NBA should change it's way. 



Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: December 25, 2010 12:50 am
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

Just look at the picture in the article.  Two players on the same team fighting for a rebound. 



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 25, 2010 12:32 am
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

Multi millionaires and they just can't behave. Sad for Washington and sad for the NBA.



Since: Dec 24, 2010
Posted on: December 24, 2010 11:54 pm
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

Please trade blatche. He is terrible. This in no way helps the wizards progess towards becoming a playoff worthy team.



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2010 11:40 pm
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

nukeem-
you mean- to all a good FIGHT....



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2010 11:13 pm
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

THAT was funny!





Since: Nov 21, 2008
Posted on: December 24, 2010 11:10 pm
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

If you watch these guys on the court they are always trying to out perform each other on the court instead of being team players helping each other and the team win.  Its very sad to watch these young guys act like idiots on & off the court when they are so blessed with great talents.  I guese talents and common sense DONT go hand & hand. 



Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: December 24, 2010 11:07 pm
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

Season's Beatings to all, and to all a good night!


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