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Hornets coach apologized to Blake Griffin for foul

Mar 27, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

Monty Williams was not the guy out there on the court that ran over Blake Griffin and hockey checked him to the ground. That was Jason Smith (who got a two game suspension for his actions).

But Williams is the coach of the Hornets — the team Smith played for — and he said he wanted to apologize to Griffin himself for the hit and did. Via

Williams, in his second season as the Hornets’ coach, texted Griffin on Friday, waiting until the day after Smith hit him to earn a two-game suspension for the buzz to die down, he said…

“I’ll say this, because I’m here in this city: What Jason did was wrong,” Williams said Monday. “I told him that it was and that he went about it the wrong way, and that’s why I reached out to Blake to let him know that it wasn’t something we do on a regular basis.”

But Williams, who played in the NBA in the 1990s, when the game was more physical, said Griffin understands he is going to take some hard fouls because of how he plays.

“He’s no fool — he knows he’s making people look crazy and guys don’t like that,” Williams said of Griffin. “He’s gotta expect some of that. It’s just gonna happen. If you jump 5 feet over somebody and dunk it and you got people coming up to you and hugging you after you do it, the opponent’s not gonna say, ‘Oh, man, can you do that again?’

“He’s a phenomenon, and a lot of guys don’t like that.”

  1. redstar504 - Mar 27, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Good now how about some one from L.A. apologize for throwing a peanut at coach Williams during the game last night vs. the Clipers. I don’t understand why you would buy court side seats just to throw stuff at a coach and kicked out.

  2. obamablowz - Mar 27, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Griffin is SOFT!!!

  3. sabatimus - Mar 27, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Making people look crazy? Is that a phrasing euphemism for “bruised their egos so they have to retaliate”?

  4. progress2011 - Mar 27, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    He is trying to apologize for the bounty he put out on Griffin, so he can attempt to avoid the demise the N.O. football coach has suffered.

    This is not a true apology, if out of one side of your mouth you are saying sorry but simultaneously, out of the other side of your mouth you are justifying the actions ” It’s gonna happen ” etc.

    The ” SPORTSMAN (aka. respectful competitive athlete) thing to do would be to attempt to block Blakes dunks or dunk on him, on the other end.
    Not take a cheapshot that could easily end in an injury.

    I hope this clown gets suspended or fired, like the gangster football coach, also from the nasty, crime invested slum known as ” the big easy” !

    • themajorleagueblog - Mar 28, 2012 at 12:05 AM

      When players are getting embarrassed by dunks, it is impossible not to re-act with physicality, when Blake Griffin is over-powering players, he should be expected to receive contact. He shouldn’t be suspended, he should have to say anything, oh, and it would’ve NEVER resulted in injury. This happens when players try to “posterize” other players, and I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner. It isn’t on anyone but Blake Griffin, and no one should be held accountable. Take your biases and stop talking, and I’m a Warriors fan. Nice to call, New Orleans a slum, “suspended or fired” is a little far, maybe you should calm down and talk like an adult on the internet.

  5. losangelasbasketball - Mar 27, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    is he going to apologize for that roster he puts on the floor too?

    • adzs93 - Mar 28, 2012 at 7:24 AM

      No need to apologise for playing youngsters who can grow…especially with the upcoming draft in mind….Its called rebuilding 😉 Check OKC…..

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