How Did Monta Ellis Really Injure His Ankle?
Something about the Monta Ellis injury account didn’t sound quite right, and new facts coming to light are providing further fuel for the conspiracy theorists.
Multiple league sources have told ESPN.com that Ellis had several cuts and abrasions on his leg — atypical of an injury sustained on a basketball court — in addition to the high ankle sprain and torn deltoid ligament he suffered on Aug. 21.
If Ellis is found to have sustained his injuries by taking part in non-basketball activities prohibited in his contract, Golden State could theoretically attempt to void the new six-year, $66 million deal signed by the 22-year-old on July 24. But such a drastic step is considered highly unlikely as long as the injuries cause no lasting damage, given Ellis’ standing as perhaps Golden State’s most prized asset in the wake of Baron Davis’ free-agent defection to the Los Angeles Clippers.
The more likely punishments — assuming Ellis makes a full recovery from his injuries — are a fine or, at worst, a suspension.
So, what do you all think happened? Could Monta Ellis have injured his ankle as he claimed he did? What might have caused cuts to the leg in addition to a torn deltoid ligament? Let us know what you think in the comment box below.