If you haven’t heard yet, New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire slugged a harmless glass case Monday night in frustration after the Knicks lost to the Heat.
The case shattered, leaving Stoudemire with a lacerated left hand and causing paramedics to be called to the scene. Stoudemire was seen leaving the area with his left arm in a sling (pictured above). Here is a description of the incident from someone who reportedly saw it first hand (no pun intended):
“He didn’t haul off and punch the glass,” a person who saw Stoudemire get injured is reported as saying. “He hit it out of frustration. He kind of slapped it, but with a closed fist. He said he thought it was plastic instead of glass.”
“Half of his hand was just hanging off. It was really bad. Blood was just squirting out. That’s why they had the paramedics come in, because they thought he might have punctured an artery because of how much blood was coming out.”
Stoudemire’s ill-advised outburst will keep him out of at least game 3 of the Knicks/Heat series, possibly more. The bright side is that the all-star didn’t suffer any tendon or ligament damage. Stoudemire later apologized for his antics on Twitter, but the damage had already been done.
Players get frustrated at times, but risking injury at this point in the season is very irresponsible of Stoudemire. If he was that pissed off about the loss, then take it to the court and help carry your team to a victory. Now Stoudemire can offer the Knicks nothing more than moral support from the bench.
Stoudemire has missed 19 games this season due to injuries so the Knicks are used to playing without him, but needless to say this was an idiotic move from Amar’e. Cooler heads prevail, and in this case the fire extinguisher won, as expressed via it’s own Twitter account:
Come at me, bro @amareisreal
— Fire Extinguisher (@AAAExtinguisher) May 1, 2012