Friday, February 11, 2005
Carter does not deny incident
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Vince Carter's mother says her son
had a physical confrontation with Raptors coach Sam Mitchell
earlier this season when he played in Toronto, and Carter did not
"So? What's the big deal," Carter said when asked about the
incident following the New Jersey Nets' 101-91 loss to the San
Antonio Spurs on Friday night.
"You make an altercation (sound) like a fight," Carter said
when a questioner used that term. The reporter who asked the
question explained that an altercation could be a fight, to which
Carter replied: "Exactly." He had no further comment.
Mitchell, speaking to reporters in Toronto after the
76ers-Raptors game, said he and Carter merely wrestled. But
Carter's mother, Michelle, said her son slammed Mitchell onto a
massage table in the Raptors' locker room after the coach
Mitchell also reportedly challenged point guard Rafer Alston to
a fight during halftime of Toronto's game Tuesday night at
Michelle Carter said she found out about the altercation from
the coach, not from her son, after Mitchell mentioned it in passing
at the Raptors' Christmas party.
"So I asked Vince what happened. He told me he couldn't take
Sam's challenges anymore, so he picked him up and threw him on the
massage table. That definitely happened. No question about it. And
if anyone says it didn't happen, they're lying," she told
Sportsnet of Canada.
Michelle Carter also spoke with reporters in New Jersey after
the Spurs-Nets game.
"I did not say it was a fight," she said. "I want to clarify
that. I wasn't there, I'm just going by what Sam Mitchell said and
what Vince Carter told me."
Mitchell said he was joking with Carter and guard Alvin
"I crack jokes in the locker room like I did the past 18 years
about players getting old, breaking down, and having to get a
massage," Mitchell said. "I smacked both of them on the rear-end,
joking. When I laid down on the table, cause my back was hurting,
because I am really getting old, Vince laid on my back and Alvin
was laughing saying WWE. That's all it was, that was it."
Alvin Williams also said there was no fight and he laughed about
The Sportsnet report also quoted Michelle Carter as saying she
talked to Toronto guard Morris Peterson on Thursday.
"I haven't talked to her since Vince was traded," Peterson
Carter was traded from Toronto to New Jersey in late December
for two-first-round draft picks, center Alonzo Mourning and
forwards Eric Williams and Aaron Williams.
Mourning was waived Friday after the Raptors negotiated a buyout
of his contract, Eric Williams has asked to be traded and Aaron
Williams has barely played since being dealt.
Carter was ejected for the first time his career Friday night
after he picked up two technical fouls in confrontations with Spurs
forward Bruce Bowen. He had tied his season high of 43 points
before being tossed early in the fourth quarter.