Andre Drummond issued an apology to his teammates and fans on Tuesday before the game against the Heat for the way he acted (or didn't act) in the waning moments of the Pistons win over the Wizards, which clinched their first playoff berth since 2009. The quotes are from The Detroit News:
"I apologized to the team and the fans and you guys can hear me now," Drummond said Tuesday. "I shouldn't have done that." [...]
"On my part, it was selfish, but everybody has emotions and everybody goes through certain part of their life," Drummond said. "When we won the game, that's when it really hit me, so I couldn't control the feeling I had.
"I did apologize for the way I acted. It looked a certain way that it wasn't." [...]
"Age doesn't matter. I've been here for four years, so that's unacceptable for what I did, no matter what the circumstances," he said. "I did apologize and something like that won't happen again. That was selfish on my part; I should have been celebrating with my teammates."
Some of the reactions on Twitter went way beyond logic -- Trade him for Cousins? You won't be a fan until the team gets rid of him? Human snarts. -- but I do think there was a legitimate gripe or at least momentary concern with how Drummond was acting, especially considering Drummond's comments all year about being tired of losing, wanting the team to learn from certain losses and wanting to make the playoffs.
While there's absolutely nothing to suggest his teammates don't like him or he's some team cancer, blowing by high fives, sulking on the bench when the rest of the team is up and cheering teammates on the floor, and needing to be physically lifted by your coach to join your celebrating teammates could wear thin pretty fast.
This wasn't a good look, but I give him the benefit of the doubt. For one, the Pistons wouldn't be anywhere near where they are without him. I don't think an apology was necessary, but I certainly accept it.
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