Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Dallas Mavericks [Print without images]

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Did Vince Carter commit beard violation?

By Tim MacMahon

PODCAST
Has the time come for the Mavericks to take the ball out of O.J. Mayo's hands at the end of games? Coop and Nate discuss.

Listen Listen
DALLAS – The rules regarding the Mavericks’ beard pact are a bit fuzzy, so to speak.

Shaving the neck is definitely allowed. What about the cheekbones? That will determine whether sixth man Vince Carter has violated the pact of not shaving until the Mavs hit .500 again.

Carter’s beard is bushy, but it’s been lined up on the neck and cheekbones and his mustache has been well trimmed. According to his interpretation of the unwritten rules, Carter is still in compliance.

Vince Carter
Vince Carter is still growing his beard, but he's keeping it neatly trimmed.
“I can’t have it in my eyes, bro. Sorry,” Carter said. “Have you seen Chris Kaman? I can’t do that, man. I didn’t make the rules. That’s the thing. I don’t know where all the rules came from. O.J. (Mayo) was like, ‘We can’t cut the beard.’ The beard is the beard.”

At this point, Carter used his fingers for visual aids in his defense, running them along the cheekbones and neckline.

“This is the beard,” Carter said. “Line it up, man.”

Kaman, who still hasn’t returned to practice after suffering a concussion on Jan. 28, apparently hasn’t manicured his facial hair in any way, shape or form since several Mavs agreed to let their beards grow until they get back to the break-even point. That level of commitment is a bit much as far as Carter is concerned.

“Then you look like a man who lives in the forest, brother,” Carter said. “No thank you.”