Wizards Suspend Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee Following Altercation
The suspensions stem from a Thursday night incident in which the two teammates reportedly came to blows at a Washington, D.C. club. The Washington Post reported that several witnesses saw Blatche and McGee shouting obscenities at each other outside of the Shadow Room in Northwest Washington, and two league sources told the Post that the two also exchanged punches inside the club.
"After further investigation into an incident on Thursday night, we concluded that Andray and JaVale conducted themselves in an unprofessional manner," Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said.
As a result of the suspensions, Blatche and McGee, the Wizards' starting power forward and center, respectively, will miss the team's Sunday game against the San Antonio Spurs.
The Wizards are mapping out a new identity in the wake of last week's trade that sent long-time face of the franchise Gilbert Arenas to the Orlando Magic, and both the 24-year-old Blatche and 22-year-old McGee are being counted on to be a big part of the team's future. Blatche is averaging 16.8 points and 7.7 rebounds in his sixth NBA season, but first as a full-time starter, while McGee is averaging 9.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game in his third NBA season, also first as a full-time starter.