Vladimir Radmanvic admits lie to Lakers about injury
It turns out that Vladimir Radmanovic lied to the Lakers about how he got injured last week. The forward is out around eight weeks with a separated right shoulder.
He initially claimed to have slipped on some ice while walking with his hands in his pockets.
But Friday evening Radmanovic released the following statement via the Lakers:
“First of all I’d like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, Lakers management and Lakers fans for initially lying about the circumstances of the injury to my shoulder last weekend. I’d like to, however, come forward and set the record straight at this time. The truth is that I hurt myself in a fall while snowboarding. Being young and sometimes immature, I initially panicked and made up a false story about how I hurt myself. However, over the past few days my conscience has been bothering me terribly. I am not a dishonest person and could no longer live with this deception. Therefore, I came forward today and told the truth to the Lakers. It is just as important to me though, to be honest with Lakers fans and the public in general, therefore I am making this statement and apology. I can’t express enough how deeply sorry I am, not only for the activity that led to my injury, but also for the initial deception of my story. I hope for everyone’s understanding and forgiveness. I vow to work as hard as possible to rehabilitate my shoulder and rejoin my teammates as soon as possible and to help us become a team that Lakers fans can be proud of.”
It appears that snowboarding violates his contract with the Lakers.
Pure InsideHoops.com speculation here: While Radmanovic probably did have a guilty conscience, as he said above, it's also possible that someone witnessed him getting hurt. So not only would he have to maintain a lie, but he'd also have to constantly worry about someone coming forward who saw what really happened. It seems no one did, but you never know who comes out of the woodwork.
Anyway, good that the truth came out.
The Lakers don't have much depth, and Radmanovic, though a definite disappointment so far, is certainly better than any currently-available free agents. I predict the team fines him, a bunch of funny articles come out mocking him a bit, and that's the end of it.
Jeff Lenchiner is the editor of InsideHoops.com.