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Davis undergoes surgery; report details altercation

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  October 27, 2009 04:05 PM

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Celtics forward Glen Davis underwent surgery to repair a broken right thumb today, according to an NBA source, and could miss two months. It has been confirmed that Davis got into an altercation with a former teammate and broke his thumb defending himself.

According to a Waltham Police report filed early Sunday morning, Davis sustained his fractured thumb in a fight with childhood friend Shawn Bridgewater on a quiet Waltham street after a night out with their girlfriends.

According to Detective William Stanton, both Bridgewater and Davis said an argument regarding an interaction between Bridgewater and Davis's girlfriend earlier in the evening sparked a fight.

Bridgewater, who apparently had been drinking, punched Davis, who retaliated. Davis pulled the car over and the fight spilled into the street, according to the report. That is when an unknown person called 911 and reported a possible domestic incident just after 4 a.m.

The Waltham Police arrived and both men admitted they had been fighting.

"We got the call for the domestic disturbance, which it wasn't," Stanton said. "The cops got there and they spoke to Davis as he was bleeding from the nose. They said they stopped (the car) and continued to argue and that's why we were called."

According to the report, Davis told police that Bridgewater was welcome to come back to his Waltham home and the altercation was over and they "had been friends since childhood." Bridgewater, according to the report, drove back to Davis's house with his friend while Davis and his girlfriend walked. Both men refused to file charges.

Bridgewater admitted to police that he threw the first punch.

"This is nothing we're seeking," Stanton said. "This will be something that is referred to as a 'mutual soft battery' between two people. We didn't see it so we really don't have all that much to do about it and nobody wanted to pursue anything. So that's it from our end."

Police did not administer any breathalyzers. There was no alcohol involved, according to Stanton, "not in the case of Davis, anyway."

"There was nothing here short of two guys having a beef," Stanton said.

Bridgewater, a former high school teammate of Davis, apparently flew back to Louisiana on Sunday. His Twitter page was listed as private.

Davis told Yahoo! Sports's Marc Spears that the friends were returning home from celebrating Gomez's birthday.

“I was defending myself,” Davis told Spears. “I wasn’t just fighting. I feel like I let my team down by breaking my hand. I let my team down trying to defend myself. I have to make better decisions on how I choose my friends.”

Owner Wyc Grousbeck confirmed to the Globe this morning that Davis is likely to be suspended by the team for his role in the incident.

Grousbeck initially reported that a suspension was "very likely" during an interview with Gene Lavanchy on the Fox 25 morning show.

"I've had enough of 'Big Baby,' so I'm going to start calling him Glen," Grousbeck told the Globe. "It certainly seems like there's going to be a suspension here."

While Davis could contest the suspension, standard language in player contracts allows for teams to take disciplinary action against a player for fighting.

Davis re-signed with the Celtics during the offseason after exploring restricted free agency. He is entering the first year of a two-year deal that will pay him $2.5 million annually with a chance to earn an additional $500,000 per season if he meets incentives based on his weight.

Later in the afternoon, the club issued a statement on Davis, which included an apologetic comment from the player.

The Boston Celtics announced today that forward Glen Davis underwent successful surgery to reduce and fix a right thumb fracture. The surgery was performed by Celtics Team Physician, Dr. Brian McKeon and was assisted by Dr. Hervey Kimball and Dr. Drew Terrono at New England Baptist Hospital. Davis is expected to miss the next six weeks.

“I would first like to apologize to my fans, teammates, coaches and the entire Celtics organization. I am extremely disappointed that this incident occurred and that it will prevent me from starting the season with the rest of my teammates. My teammates and the entire Celtics organization are extremely important to me and I will do my best to expedite the healing process and be back on the court as soon as possible,” said Davis.

The Celtics weren't available this morning in Cleveland to discuss Davis's situation, but the Cavaliers were, including former Louisiana State standout Shaquille O'Neal.

"They call him 'Big Baby' for a reason, because he's my son," O'Neal joked. "But he's a great player. I have been knowing him since he was a youngster. He's been working hard on his game. It's an unfortunate incident but one thing about him he's a focused individual so he realizes he made a mistake so he will come back more focused than ever."

Chad Finn of the Globe staff contributed to this report.

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