Mavs Claim Thomas Not Involved in Brawl

According to his employer, and at least one witness, Tim Thomas did not in fact join in the chair-throwing fun at Denny’s: “Roger Emrich, a sports reporter for KRLD Radio, was eating in the Denny’s after work and witnessed the scuffle, which he said involved companions of Thomas but not the player. Emrich said he never heard Thomas utter an anti-gay slur. Nor did he see Thomas throw a chair…Donnie Nelson, the Mavericks’ president of basketball operations, said accounts of the incident were ‘way, way overblown.’ ‘What I can tell you is that Tim was not involved,’ Nelson said. ‘He’s 30 years old with a wife and kids. When the situation started to escalate, he left the property immediately. Certainly we’re working with authorities and our security folks to get to the bottom of it. But this is something that’s way, way, way overblown. Innocent until proven guilty in this country, last I checked.”‘