Dion Waiters, Cleveland’s second-year guard, returned from a brief, strange hiatus from the team Monday night and was inundated with this one question: Did you beat up teammate Kyrie Irving in the locker room last Wednesday?
Monday we wrote about how the Cavaliers are in disarray, and the Akron Beacon Journal reported that Irving called a players’ only meeting after the Cavaliers were spanked by the Timberwolves last week. Waiters mysteriously disappeared from the team for a few days after the meeting, citing an ‘illness.’ So what happened during the intense meeting? Waiters told the media:
“We men. Nobody got into no altercations or anything like that. We got everything off our chests that we needed to. That’s that. All the other rumors, man, are rumors. Don’t believe it. It’s not true. We talked. Everybody talked. Nobody put their hands on nobody.
“At the end of the day, we’re teammates. Like I said, I’d rather fight somebody else on the other team than one of my teammates. That’s the way it is. That’s the way I was brought up. I feel as though we say we’re family, then we’re a family and I’m going to look out for you to the best of my abilities. All the other stuff is foolishness.”
So Irving’s black eye and broken nose came courtesy of the elbow from Corey Brewer in the Minnesota loss? (See a GIF here.) I guess that’s the story the Cavaliers are sticking with for now. The Cavaliers host the Wizards Wednesday.