Families have arguments, and that appears to be what
happened with Brendan Haywood’s one-game suspension.
The details remain unclear because the Mavericks are
insistent that everybody in the organization keep a lid on comments, including
Haywood, who has been instructed not to comment on the situation.
This seems to be a bad PR move for Haywood. Fans, already
growing tired of his 3.7 points and 5 rebounds per game, may assume the worst
on this deal. Whether or not it was a situation with coach Rick Carlisle or
not, this is a situation that begs for some clarity. But the public will get
none from the Mavericks. And take the word of anybody else at your own risk.
For the record, here’s what owner Mark Cuban said
about it tonight:
“It’s an internal matter, we’ll deal with
it internally and we want guys to know that we have rules and we stick to them.
And one of the rules is you don’t discuss internal business with the
As for public perception: “They can believe whatever
they want. We can’t change that.
All he’s got to do is not do it again. Like coach
said, it’s a misdemeanor. We got rules and we got to stick to the
“If you’re worried about those things, then
don’t break the rules. You know my track record. We’ll put guys out
Witness Shawne Williams.