Memphis guard angry over column

Updated: May 2, 2005, 2:07 AM ET
Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis guard Jason Williams took out his anger over how he was quoted in a newspaper column by grabbing a pen out of the writer's hand Sunday night after the Grizzlies' playoff loss to the Phoenix Suns.

The Suns had just swept the Grizzlies out of the opening round by winning 123-115 in Game 4. Reporters were in the Memphis locker room when Williams twice took the pen out of the hand of Geoff Calkins, a columnist for The Commercial Appeal.

Williams screamed in his ear as the reporter tried talking to other Grizzlies.

"You can talk to TNT, but don't answer this [reporter's] questions," Williams said. "I'm not letting him write anything. I didn't do anything. I just took his pen."

Eventually, Williams had to be pulled away by Grizzlies guard Mike Miller. But after getting in Calkins' face again, another Memphis official took Williams out of the locker room.

The column that appeared in Sunday's newspaper was critical of the Grizzlies' lackadaisical play and included a quote from Williams, "I'm happy. I go home and see my kids and my wife and I'm OK. All of this [stuff] is secondary to me."

Williams set a playoff-high with 21 points in Game 2 and had 20 points and eight assists in Game 4.


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