Boston Celtics forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis had surgery on Tuesday to repair his broken right thumb after fighting with a childhood friend while riding in an SUV less than two days before the season opener, ESPN and The Associated Press reports.
A police report identified Davis as the victim and said his friend, Shawn Bridgewater, appeared to be intoxicated, according to the news agencies. Davis is expected to miss at least six weeks, and the Celtics said he will be suspended for his behavior.
"We'll suspend Glen for the game [Tuesday] and [Wednesday] night, and we'll have further discussions on how long that suspension [will last]," Celtics director of basketball operations Danny Ainge told ESPN. "We'll probably keep it more internal, but we will suspend him. It's very disappointing and very unfortunate. He's a big part of our plans right now and, in a game like tonight, we'd love to have him. I think he let his team down by making a bad decision."
Davis apologized to the team and his fans. “I was defending myself,” he said. “I wasn't just fighting. I feel like I let my team down by breaking my hand. I have to make better decisions on how I choose my friends. …I am extremely disappointed that this incident occurred and that it will prevent me from starting the season with the rest of my teammates," he said. "My teammates and the entire Celtics organization are extremely important to me and I will do my best to expedite the healing process and be back on the court as soon as possible."