New Orleans Hornets coach Monty Williams was fined $25,000 by the NBA Tuesday for earlier comments he made that criticized the league’s concussion policy.
Williams’ comments came prior to the Hornets’ game against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday when he was asked about rookie forward Anthony Davis, who suffered a minor concussion after being struck in the head by an inadvertent elbow from one of his teammates.
“When you’re dealing with the brain, I guess what’s happening in football has impacted everybody,” Williams said, referring to the fact that Davis would have to complete a series of tests and have a consultation with a neurologist before being cleared to play again.
“He got touched up a little bit last night. That happens a lot in basketball. It’s just that now they treat everybody like they have white gloves and pink drawers and it’s getting old. It’s just the way the league is now.”
Williams then added:
“’It’s a man’s game. They’re treating these guys like they’re five years old. (Davis) desperately wanted to come, but he couldn’t make it.”
The Hornets next game is Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers. Davis, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, is still questionable to play, according to the New Orleans Times Picayune.
Monty Williams was not the only person to receive a fine from the NBA on Tuesday as Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake was also fined $25,000 for directing inappropriate language to a heckler during his team’s 105-95 loss to the Clippers.