September 24, 2008
It's been nearly five weeks since Warriors guard Monta Ellis sustained a "mysterious" injury that ended in surgery on his new $66 million left ankle. At first, it was believed Ellis had sustained the torn ligament while working out at home. Later, team sources said it "happened outdoors," but "not while playing basketball." Me? I always figured he had just rolled his ankle in a pair of cheap Starburys.
Lies, all of them! Jenny Hu of the San Francisco Chronicle reports:
Monta Ellis was riding a moped when he severely injured his left ankle last month in his native Jackson, Mississippi, sources close to the Warriors guard told The Chronicle.
The 22-year-old tore the deltoid ligament in his ankle and sustained a high-ankle sprain in what one of the sources labeled as a "low-speed" accident. Ellis underwent surgery on Aug. 27 and is expected to be sidelined for at least another two months.
A "low-speed" moped accident, eh? No wonder they kept this news under wraps. That's just embarrassing.
Now, apparently riding a moped (or motorcycle or skateboard or dolphin) is prohibited under the uniform player contract, so the Warriors could terminate Ellis' new six-year, $66 million deal, though, considering the way they've handled this mess, that route seems highly unlikely.
Instead, expect to see a fine or suspension for young Ellis. Well, that, or a 10-minute timeout in the corner.