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O'B Comments on Tinsley Shooting

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Update [2007-12-9 20:41:39 by Cornrows]: Here's WTHR's story with reaction from the team after practice. This story has a link to the video. Larry Joe Legend is not pleased.

"The perception is the perception, and I can sit her and try to cover this up as much as I want to, but you can't," said Pacers President Larry Bird. "They were out in a place they shouldn't have been at 3:30 in the morning."
It will be interesting to see how this is handled. It is straight PR at this point with the only problem being poor judgment. Not normally a cause for suspension or fine.

Jamaal Tinsley did not practice today with the Pacers, but Jim O'Brien did comment on the situation.
"We are very happy on one hand that the incident last night didn't end in anybody dying. That's the first thing on our mind.

"We excused Jamaal from practice today because he went through a traumatic experience last night and we wanted him to get away from basketball for the day.

"We're going to meet with him again tomorrow morning. I think we know about as much as everybody else as far as the incident and we're just very, very pleased that nobody lost their life in that situation....

"We made a decision as did, I think, 20 other NBA teams, that we're not having a curfew.

"We leave it up to individuals to be responsible. Was I happy that somebody was out at 3 o'clock in the morning? No, I wasn't. But that's a decision that was made, and it was the wrong decision to make.

"It wasn't on a game night. We had off yesterday and we were practicing at 11 o'clock today.

"I would think as we all suspect, nothing good happens after 1 o'clock if you're around alcohol or around an environment where there could be weapons. Nothing good can happen in that situation."