Glen Davis told his side of the story to Marc Spears at Yahoo! Sports. I present it with no editorial comment:
Boston Celtics forward Glen Davis told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday that he will be sidelined six to eight weeks after breaking his right thumb while trying to protect himself from a friend who slugged him.
Davis said the incident happened early Sunday morning when Davis’ girlfriend, Jenna Gomez, one of her girlfriends and one of his high school friends were returning to his West Boston home after celebrating Gomez’s birthday. Davis said he and his high school friend got into a heated debate over some “personal issues,” and the friend, who was driving their vehicle, threw a punch at Davis. Davis retaliated by throwing a punch back that broke his hand.
“I was defending myself,” Davis said in a phone interview with Yahoo! Sports. “I wasn’t just fighting. I feel like I let my team down by breaking my hand. I let my team down trying to defend myself. I have to make better decisions on how I choose my friends.”
Davis was adamant that nobody in the car was inebriated at the time of the incident, but he declined to divulge his friend’s name. Davis said the fight didn’t escalate further after the group pulled over to the side of the road. Davis’ friend flew back from Boston to Louisiana later Sunday.
A shirtless Glen “Big Baby” Davis and his “best friend” Shawn Bridgewater – a former teammate of the Celtics forward on the University High basketball team in Baton Rouge, La. – emerged bleeding from their noses after a fight inside a black SUV in Waltham Sunday morning, the Herald has learned.
According to the police report obtained by the Herald, Davis claimed his allegedly drunken childhood pal was “continually bothering his girlfriend,” Jenna Gomez.
The report does not specify what Bridgewater allegedly said to Gomez and no one was arrested. Both men refused medical attention.
“It was two guys that had a fight over something that was said to a girlfriend,” Waltham Detective Capt. William Stanton said.