The Golden State Warriors suspended Jordan Bell for last night’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies. In a very short press release, the team cited “conduct detrimental to the team” as the reason for the punishment.
Now we have a little bit more information.
According to a report from Anthony Slater and Sam Amick of The Athletic, Bell was suspended for some rather odd behavior. At the team hotel in Memphis, Bell made a purchase through the hotel, and charged assistant coach Mike Brown for it.
It is unknown what Bell purchased or how much it was for. It’s also unknown what Bell’s intention was - prank, theft, or otherwise - though I’m sure everyone has their own theories.
The bigger issue isn’t the actual charge, but the process behind it and what it could be emblematic of.
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Brown was alerted to the charge. He inquired about it. The staff at The Peabody hotel, where the team stayed, confirmed its purchase. So the Warriors launched a quick investigation and it became clear that Bell is the one who put it on Brown’s bill. There was concern, sources say, that this wasn’t the first time Bell has pulled this maneuver on some unknowing member of the organization.
It’s a weird and unfortunate situation all around. We’ll see if Bell can work his way back into the team’s good graces. It would appear that that will be an uphill battle.