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Williams sorry for concussion comment
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On November 7, 2012 @ 7:00 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
Monty Williams isn’t saying he was wrong, only that he shouldn’t have said anything.
The New Orleans Hornets coach’s comments on concussions made news last weekend and drew a fine this week. Now Williams is backpedaling, sort of.
“I work in a business where you just can’t say anything you want to say,” Williams told news reporters Wednesday (via The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune). “What I said was inappropriate and you have to deal with the consequences. My wife and I tried to turn it in a positive for my kids, but it’s unfortunate that it happened. You just try to move forward.”
The context: Hornets rookie Anthony Davis was kept out of a game Saturday (and will miss another Wednesday night) after being concussed Friday. Williams was not thrilled with the league concussion policy.
“When you’re dealing with the brain, I guess what’s happening in football it’s impacted everybody,” Williams said Saturday. “So he got touched up a little bit last night and I’m sure that happens a lot in basketball. It’s just that now you treat everybody like they have on white gloves and pink drawers. It’s just getting old, but it’s just the way the league is now.”
NBA Commissioner David Stern does not wear white gloves or pink drawers, and he stunningly was not happy with Williams’ comment. So the $25,000 fine came, and Williams is revisiting his candid approach.
“The bottom line is that I’ve got to get back to who I am,” Williams said (via The Times-Picayune). “I tried to be engaging and do all this stuff and it’s just not me. So whether it surprised me or not, anybody who gets fined $25,000 I don’t care if comes when you think it’s going to come, its still a surprise.”
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