Bulls’ Antonio Blakeney denies firing back at ex-coach Fred Hoiberg
Chicago Bulls guard Antonio Blakeney has denied a report from The Athletic that stated he yelled and cursed at ex-coach Fred Hoiberg.
Bulls reporter Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic reported on Tuesday that Blakeney took exception to Hoiberg subbing him out of a game in November and said, “Why the fu*k are you taking me out?”
Antonio Blakeney saw the article on Twitter and wasted no time in clearing things up:
All respect to you and your sources but never have I once said that to coach Fred ! #FakeNews
— Antonio Blakeney (@blakeney96) December 5, 2018
The Bulls fired Fred Hoiberg on Monday. Chicago hired Hoiberg back in 2015 after he had a successful college run at Iowa State. Unfortunately, Hoiberg just wasn’t built to coach an NBA team with grown men. He’s too nice of a guy and doesn’t command respect in NBA locker rooms.
Antonio Blakeney is averaging 9.7 points per game on the season. He signed a two-year, minimum salary contract with the Bulls in July. Whenever a player goes on Twitter to refute a reporter’s report, there’s usually two schools of thought: One, the rumor is true and the player is angry the report got out, so that is why he’s addressing it. Or, the rumor is false and Blakeney just doesn’t want his image to be of a guy who curses out his head coach.
Without being in the know, who knows what really happened. What we do know is that the Bulls continue to be a walking disaster with John Paxson and Gar Forman running things.