"She didn't look like a prostitute.."
-- Andray Blatche
As a fan, this has been a rough 24 hour period. Before last night’s blowout at home versus the San Antonio Spurs, it was reported that former Wizard Andray Blatche asked (unprompted) reporters: “Anyone seen how the Wizards are doing?”
Then, the Wizards get blown out at home and look like a jumbled mess.
Then, to add insult to injury, I end up spending the night huddled around a toilet puking due to some bad alfredo consumed earlier.
But then, I wake up four hours after my last vomit session to see that Andray Blatche is going to be on 106.7 The Fan with Danny Rouhier and Holden Kushner to air out his grievances with the Wizards.
Does it ever end?
For the Wizards organization and its fans, the answer to that question is a resounding NO. For nearly thirty minutes, Danny and Holden went back and forth with the surprisingly candid, former Washington Wizard and current Brooklyn Nets back-up, 16-minute-per-game averaging, eight-points-per-game averaging power forward Andray Blatche.
While you can catch the full interview on The Fan’s website (1067TheFanDC.com), there were some absolute gems from this interview. Blatche breezed through a slew of excuses of why his time here in Washington did not work out.
“I was…out of shape. I 100% admit that.”
“[The organization] could’ve had my back.”
“It was the lockout…”
“I was young…”
“You gotta ask Anwawn and Caron that…and Gilbert.”
“I don’t know.”
“That happened four or five years ago…I can’t recall…”
Blatche mentioned that his relationship with Grunfeld was neither good nor bad. He does believe that Ted Leonsis really wants to win but that the team and the organization (never specifying exactly who) not having his back when he was injured and out of shape were the reasons for his demise in Washington.
And then, the moment that Danny and Holden were probably waiting for occurred. After Blatche had insinuated that being out of shape was the only bad thing he’d done during his tenure in Washington, he then invited the guys to tell him what else he’d done wrong.
Rolling through incident after incident like bullets from an AK-47, Danny’s recollection of the undercover prostitute incident is the one that led Blatche to speak up.
[Cue the excuses]
“That was a joke gone bad…”
“Nobody had money on them…”
“She was not dressed as a prostitute. She was in front of the club…”
On the finger-gun team huddle incident with Gilbert
“Oh, I was the only one, huh?”
“[I was] going along with my teammates…”
On his “Lapdance Tuesday” promotion at a club in Miami
“It’s not a strip club…it’s a regular club…It’s just the theme of the club that day”
“You will not see no strippers there…”
On his numerous reckless driving incidents
“That was my fault.”
On challenging a fan to fight on Twitter
“That was not me…”
“One of my friends was on my page and they were talking back and forth and I said ‘I don’t care, go ahead and do what you wanna do.’”
At this point, Blatche single-handedly managed to further incriminate the actions of not only himself, but his teammates, the front office and the fans for everything he did wrong with the Washington Wizards franchise.
The only thing you can give Blatche credit for throughout this whole ordeal was having the guts to go on Washington D.C. airwaves and respond (and invite) the allegations of his tenure with Washington. But what’s frustrating (and maybe a relief at the same time) is that at a time when the Wizards are winless through 12 games and just got blown out at home, the only thing abuzz about the Wizards is Andray Blatche.
His time here has stained the organization for the foreseeable future, and even though his career has moved forward (and likely to discontinue in the near future), he is going to be a page in the tainted history of the organization. But for now, there is some resolution for both sides of the conflict. Fans got to hear Andray sound like the low-intellect, self-consumed, clueless individual that he is; and Andray seemed to get some closure out of it, as well.
Good riddance for now, Dray. It’s time to pick up the pieces you’ve left behind and focus on a first win. That is, until your finger hovers over that “w” key again…