Former NBA star Vince Carter spoke out this week about his experiences playing for, and then against, the Phoenix Suns and team owner Robert Sarver.
According to Vince, Suns owner Robert Sarver once instructed his players to “take him out.”
Carter played for the Suns briefly during the 2010-11 season. He then landed in Dallas the following season.
When he returned to Phoenix with the Mavericks to play the Suns for the first time, Carter said that he was told Sarver had instructed Suns players to “take me out” and “put me on the ground.”
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“As a player coming back, after I played there, he walked into the locker room — from what I was told from two teammates that are reliable and [I] trust in what they say — that he wasn’t happy with me playing well coming back into Phoenix,” Carter said on ESPN on Thursday in an interview with Malika Andrews.
“And we were winning the game and he wanted them to take me out. Put me on the ground. ‘Don’t let him have fun in our building.’ Because he felt like I was trying to show him and the team up.”
“Obviously, it’s surprising,” Carter said on ESPN. “One thing he said: Every time I scored the ball, that I was looking at them. Of course when you go back to your old team, you want to play well and show, hey, this is what I can do. And I guess he felt that I was trying to show him up or whatever the case may be, I don’t know. When it was told to me, I’m just like wow.”
In the NFL you can easily take someone out, but in basketball, not quite as easy.
Luckily no one tried to hurt Vince.