Andray Blatche Says the Washington Wizards Tried to ‘End’ Him (UPDATE)

by November 27, 2012

Brooklyn Nets forward Andray Blatche was feeling himself last night following his team’s win over the New York Knicks. So, naturally, Blatche took several shots at his former employer, the sad-sack Washington Wizards (who are the not-so-proud owners of an amazing 0-12 record.) The WaPo has much more: “Blatche decided to do a radio interview with Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier on 106.7 The Fan and lashed back at the Wizards for what he felt was a lack of support in his final years with the franchise. ‘They’ve could’ve had my back,’ Blatche said during an interview that lasted roughly 20 minutes and touched on several topics, including his poor conditioning, the incident when he failed to check in during a game against Charlotte, his relationship with Ernie Grunfeld and even him getting arrested for soliciting a prostitute in 2007. […] ‘They could’ve explained exactly what was going on. They’ve could’ve had my back. They could’ve done anything. I don’t care what they could’ve done. It could’ve been small, than to say, you know what, ‘This is our escape route. We’re going to leave him out for himself. He’s going to have to fend for himself now,’ Blatche said. ‘No, that’s not what you do when it’s your family. And supposedly say this is a brotherhood. That’s not what you do. I don’t care, whatever my brother, my uncle, my sister, whatever anybody does, I’m going to have their back 100 percent. And that’s what you do with family. That’s all I’m saying. If we’re family, then act like it,’ he said. […] ‘I was out of shape. I 100 percent admit that. And that’s 100 percent on me. But my thing is, I’m not necessarily blaming it all on injuries because it’s other things I could’ve possibly done…I could’ve did a lot more workouts. Do more stuff in the pool to take stress off my legs. I could’ve done a lot more of that,’ Blatche continued. ‘I’m talking more of the booing and the ignorance of certain fans of certain situations with the media that the organization didn’t have my back with. That’s what I’m talking about.’ […] He also argued that his time in Washington was largely misrepresented and he was cast as a ‘knucklehead.’ He denied that he refused to enter a game against the Bobcats in March 2010, claiming that it was a “misunderstanding” that the Wizards declined to acknowledge publicly and made him look worse. ‘I’m quite sure, they can ask every last one of my teammates here and I guarantee you what they say about me is completely different than what y’all think of me in D.C.,’ he said. ‘For them to say, ‘Oh, he’s a bad teammate. He’s a cancer in the locker room.’ He’s this and that. All that was a bunch of lies! A bunch of lies. That’s what really made me mad. That showed me, they tried to end me.'”