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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: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2010 11:39 am
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

With Blatche I don't know if I would go as far as thug, but he definitely is an idiot. From an article in ESPN magazine on JaVale McGee it sounded like he is more humble but knows he has a long way to go in terms of maturity. It is a shame that they both got into this situation.



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: December 25, 2010 4:12 pm
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

Just like on the court, they probably missed each other. I wonder if McGee was talking smack to Blatche about missing that layup against the Bulls....



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: December 25, 2010 2:08 pm
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

lol very true they all slap each other with an over hand motion all they have to do is grow some nails then they can use their nails as weapons with that over hand swing they have.



Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2010 1:36 pm
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

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


@go zips......you're right.But these are NBA players, they probably bitched-slapped each other.LMAO! Laughing



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2010 1:19 pm
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

just a normal christmas for basketball players, college or pro..big people ..big egos..no intelligence or class



Since: Dec 25, 2010
Posted on: December 25, 2010 12:26 pm
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

At least they didn't poop in each others' shoes! (where is Gilbert Arenas when they need him)?



Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2010 12:16 pm
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

Sounds like a wonderful way to spend Christmas Eve!



Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2010 11:28 am
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

Morality Police here: I am outraged that two grown men were fighting. And yes, this has EVERYTHING to do with me: I am making it my business to see that every adult is acting as morally as possible!



Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: December 25, 2010 11:08 am
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

it is much more simple than that; thank you commissioner for continuing to give the NBA immature young men with lots of money, no guidance and then leaving them on their own. The NBA is a disgrace to our society



Since: Jun 14, 2010
Posted on: December 25, 2010 11:01 am
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

The Wizards organization needs to excuse themselves from the NBA. Wall come to OKC



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