Warriors suspended Jordan Bell for charging hotel purchase to an unaware Mike Brown
The Golden State Warriors suspended forward Jordan Bell for one game after the 24-year-old forward charged an unknown purchase at the hotel to assistant coach Mike Browns’ name. According to Anthony Slater and Sam Amick of the Athletic, this was the reason that Bell did not play during Golden State’s 118-103 victory over the Grizzlies on Wednesday night. The reasoning was announced officially as “conduct detrimental to the team.”
Brown inquired about the charge after the Peabody Hotel alerted him to it, and the organization was quickly able to finger Bell as the culprit. There was concern, sources tell the Athletic, that this wasn’t the first time Bell has pulled this maneuver on some unknowing member of the organization.
When NBA teams are on the road, the teams do cover their rooms, but snacks, drinks, movies or anything else purchased during their stay, get charged to a personal card, considered part of the employee’s road per diem. So while it’s possible Bell was just playing a prank on one of his coaches, Brown was still on the hook for the charges, not the Warriors.
Warriors announced the suspension yesterday but tried to keep their reasoning private. “The release was self-explanatory,” coach Steve Kerr said pregame. “He’s suspended for tonight’s game for conduct detrimental to the team. Beyond that, it’s our business and nobody else’s. We’ll move on.”
Bell, a second-round pick in the 2017 draft, saw his stock rise after playing productively during last year’s Western Conference Finals matchup against the Houston Rockets. However, incidents such as this have raised questions about his future fit with the team.
This season, Bell has started twice and is averaging 3 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.0 assist in a little over 11 minutes a game. Bell will be available to play in tomorrow’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.