Thursday, December 6th, 2012 at 5:20 pm  |  32 responses

Tim Duncan Says Controversial Picture is No Big Deal

Remember when referee Joey Crawford threw Tim Duncan out of a game for laughing at him while sitting on the bench? Of course you do, it was amazing. Well, Duncan and his teammates have long memories, and they had fun with a fake Crawford on Halloween. The photo leaked onto the web, and the media won’t stop asking the Spurs about it. Tim Duncan addressed the mini firestorm today. Per the Express-News: “As someone who prizes comfort and privacy, it shouldn’t come as much surprise that Duncan views the leaking of a Halloween picture showing him and teammate Tony Parker holding toy guns to the head of a man dressed as NBA official Joey Crawford with a sort of resigned exasperation. ‘It’s this day and age,’ Duncan said. ‘It was a Halloween party in a private atmosphere. We were having fun. There was nothing to it. But this day and age, people want to blow things into something more than it is. Hopefully it’s gone and whatever is whatever.’ [...] Head coach Gregg Popovich said he hadn’t seen the photo when asked about it on Monday. Teammate Manu Ginobili, who attended the same party as Zorro, said the photo was ‘very innocent.’ … ‘If somebody dressed like Pop was there,’ he said, ‘I probably would have done the same thing with my little sword. I think it was a joke.’ [...] ‘You deal with it when it comes and try to take as little pictures as possible with people for that exact reason,’ Duncan said.”

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  • Caboose

    I GUARANTEE a fine by Stern. Though that is some funny sh!t.

  • Jerome

    Probably not a first for Crawford. conspiracy theory … conspiracy theory … conspiracy theory … conspiracy theory … conspiracy theory … conspiracy theory …

  • Junior Taylor

    Tim Duncan is on some of quiet assassin sh*t. A man of few words. I could just imagine what TD would be like on some kush…

  • TD…

    It’s funny how SLAM and most sports news organization and the NBA kept quiet about the photo.

  • Otis

    This is hilarious and generally awesome

  • Max

    Tim Duncan is one funny dude.

  • roscoe

    it is what tim & parker were holding in their hands in the photo that no one wants promoted… its not good for business or anyone involved with the nba (ie Was Wiz locker room showdown).

    its not funny

  • M Cho

    “…now get off my damn lawn.” he added.

  • M Cho

    It was halloween. It wasn’t like Duncan and Parker were shooting AKs in the air and throwing up signs. They were toy guns and it was part of their costumes. Anyone, media or otherwise, making a big deal of this really needs to find something else to do.

  • Ugh

    Also, Parker’s eyepatch is HILARIOUS.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    God I hate people

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I don’t understand…I you trying to send a message to kids that toy guns are not appropriate?

  • M Cho

    I’m guessing he’s dressed as Nick Fury?

  • Salty

    What’s not funny is how nobody can take a picture without it ending up on the internet and with everyone demanding an apology for PRIVATE behavior. Why ever apologize for something done in private. Everyone else should apologize for prying into your life.

  • Mike Mihalow

    Yes, and Duncan was the Punisher. There’s a group pick of the whole team in their costumes.

  • candlewood jay NJ

    People hate you too.
    You should know that by now.

  • Billy Hoyle

    I agree…for it to come from such a humble guy is what makes it really funny…if it was someone like Ron Artest they would just say that is Ron being Ron. You would never expect Tim Duncan.

  • EJ

    “Whatever is whatever”
    -Tim Duncan

  • RedRum

    Yeah, toy guns held in Halloween are scary….

  • http://twitter.com/HuwLHopkins Huw L Hopkins

    What’s Joey Crawford dressed as? Just looks like he turned up after work one day. Lazy. That’s what I say

  • elmaar

    2 things Spurs sure know how to do: win championships and have fun.

  • roscoe

    don’t kid yourself parents are concerned about their children looking up to professional basketball players that take a photo that they did and that hurts the nba’s most important asset, revenue.

  • roscoe

    i’m saying its not funny and not good for anyone associated with the nba.

    you’re smart enough to understand what I am saying Mike.

  • Seth

    Full-time basketball pro, part-time philosopher.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    haha srry….semi-trolling…bored…

  • roscoe

    apology not accepted… keep trolling MG.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert
  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    duncan will have your body mising

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    duncan will have bodies missing bruh

  • candlewood jay

    sure you were.

  • Alex80

    You are such a p….acifist