Philadelphia 76ers star Andrew Bynum has had plenty of free time these days.
The Former Los Angeles Laker big man was traded to the 76ers in August and has yet to play a game. After a procedure in Germany in an effort to strengthen his knees in September, it was discovered that Bynum had a bone bruise in his right knee. A similar bone bruise was discovered in his left knee in November.
Bynum, who is earning $16.9 million this season, hopes his injuries heal before the season ends. But it doesn’t look promising. During a few minutes on the court Friday, he experienced swelling and discomfort in his right knee. He told reporters that he was not going to play in pain.
Now there are reports that Bynum may have taken out his frustrations in a pool hall. Bynum allegedly threatened to kill a patron at Buffalo Billiards in the Old City Section of Philadelphia Friday night.
Crossing Broad reports:
There was a pool game going on in the bar around Bynum. Someone asked Bynum to move so they could take a shot. Bynum was apparently agitated by this, lost his cool and threatened to kill the guy (putting a fake gun to his head with his fingers) and eventually threw a shot glass at the guy. None of this is made up. What a loon.
Bynum allegedly was playing pool and talking to two blondes.
An anonymous reader emailed Crossing Broads their own account of the night below:
I met Andrew there once before and, as with last night, while he might be a little goofy and playful, in no way have I ever heard him threaten anyone. I was in the vicinity of his altercation last night and did not hear him threaten anyone’s life.
What I DID hear was the group make a few snide comments about is injury which seemed to have lead to the problem in the first place. He was, indeed, talking to two girls, but when asked if he could move for a shot on the pool table, did so accordingly and it seemed at that point someone from the group seemed to have made a comment and that’s when he started to get heated. He did drop a glass in their general direction and exclaim, “I’m out of here.”
That, of course, is where he became in the wrong, but nothing appeared to be thrown at anyone and at that point was asked to leave. I did not hear him threaten anyone’s life or make any hand motions accordingly. If anything, it was the group that kept instigating the situation, going as far as going outside to yell things at him as he walked down the street, turning something that should have lasted a few seconds into something that went on several minutes, seeing as how they were still making remarks after he was long gone.
Bynum may want to stick to rehabing his knees to avoid anymore confusion.
Photos via Philly.com and Crossing Broad