If you’re at a Denny’s at 3 o’clock in the morning, chances are some shit’s ’bout to go down. Which is just what happened with Dallas Mavericks forward Tim Thomas, who stands accused of throwing the F-bomb at a one Damien Pettie — who recognized the star and gave a hello — before, along with a small group of friends, attacking him and throwing chairs in the restaurant, which struck another patron. Well this is some bad press!
But it’s all being over blown, says the Mavericks. And a witness!
According to Pettie, who says he’s not gay (but was with a group of friends that included some gay gals):
He said that when he and his friends passed by Thomas’ table and he addressed the player by saying, “What’s up?” Thomas responded that that he didn’t talk to “faggots.” The police report also quoted Pettie as saying Thomas used that term.
Pettie told The News he later passed Thomas’ table again, and that Thomas made another remark derogatory remark about gays.“I asked one of the guys, ‘What the hell did you say?’ ’’ Pettie said. “As Tim continued to instigate the situation, one of the guys hit me in my mouth. Another one of his friends hit me. They pushed me down onto a table.”
Pettie says he picked up a chair to defend himself. One of the men who hit him in the face then picked up a chair and threw it, he said. Pettie said he caught the chair, but not before it Kissick.
He said Thomas then yelled out that the police had been called and that it was time to leave.
Though Thomas has yet to make a public comment about the early Wednesday morning incident, Maverick’s general manager Donnie Nelson says the media reports are “way, way overblown.” Meanwhile, radio sports reporter Roger Emrich just happened to be at the Denny’s at the same time, and witnessed the event. And according to Emrich, there were no F-bombs! And that it was Thomas’s friends who got violent.
“They landed right on my table and broke my plate of food,” Emrich said on the air this afternoon. “It was an All-American Slam, by the way.”
He said he never heard Thomas utter an anti-gay slur, as one witness and a Dallas police report allege. Nor did he see Thomas throw a chair, as the police report claims.
Isn’t this why sports leagues employee referees?