Celtics owner: 'I've had enough of Big Baby'
Celtics forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis had surgery on his broken right thumb in Boston on Tuesday while his teammates were in Cleveland preparing for the season opener against the Cavaliers.
Davis is expected to miss six weeks while recovering from the injury. Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck said the team is considering suspending Davis for taking part in activities that were prohibited by his contract.
"I've had enough of 'Big Baby,' so I'm going to start calling him Glen," Grousbeck told the Boston Globe. "It certainly seems like there's going to be a suspension here."
According to the police report, officers found Davis at 4 a.m. Monday walking shirtless near a black SUV that had stopped in the middle of the road, less than one-quarter mile from his Waltham house. Davis told police he had gotten into a fight with Shawn Bridgewater, whom he identified as his "best friend since childhood," while driving back from a restaurant in Boston.
Davis' girlfriend and her friend were also in the car; the report said all four concurred that Bridgewater, who like Davis is from Baton Rouge, La., threw the first punch and the 6-foot-9, 289-pound forward retaliated, leaving Bridgewater with a fat lip and blood around the mouth and nose. Both Davis and Bridgewater refused medical attention, before Davis and his girlfriend walked home.
Davis told Yahoo! Sports the incident was over "personal issues."
In a statement released by the team, Davis apologized to his teammates, coaches and the organization.
"I am extremely disappointed that this incident occurred and that it will prevent me from starting the season with the rest of my teammates," he said. "My teammates and the entire Celtics organization are extremely important to me and I will do my best to expedite the healing process and be back on the court as soon as possible."
A backup for most of his career, Davis moved into the starting lineup after Kevin Garnett was injured last season and went from 21 minutes a game to 36 while bumping his scoring average from 7 points to 15.8. Davis became a free agent this summer but re-signed to a two-year deal worth about $6 million.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.