Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love apologizes for on-court outburst
Kevin Love spoke from his heart. Over 13 minutes, he apologized, lectured and asked for forgiveness and understanding.
He regrets his fit of frustration but said it shouldn't define him.
"That wasn't me," Love said. "I apologize for that moment. It was an ugly one. It was one that was not ill-intentioned."
The five-time All-Star apologized Wednesday for his on-court tantrum two days earlier in a game against Toronto, saying his behaviour was out of line and out of character -- but that it had nothing to do with any frustration toward his teammates or coaches.
Love did not take any questions from reporters after speaking passionately about the incident, using the Zoom call as what he called a "therapy session" to express his feelings about dealing with an injury this season, and his leadership role in Cleveland and continued struggle with mental health.
"I (messed) up," Love said, using an expletive to open his remarks. "Everyone knows that. My intent wasn't to disrespect the game, my intent wasn't even for the damn ball to go inbounds. It was a moment that I got caught up in."
Late in the third quarter against Toronto, a frustrated Love, who was upset with the officials for some non-calls, angrily tapped the ball back into play on an inbounds pass. The loose ball was grabbed by the Raptors, who made a 3-pointer and went on to win 112-96.
Video of the tantrum went viral on social media, and Love was blistered by fans and media for behavior called "childish" and "unacceptable."
Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff called it a "lapse in judgment" and said Love, who didn't speak to the media after the game, had apologized to his teammates.
The Cavaliers were missing seven players with injuries for the game, and Love's outburst only compounded things for a young team stumbling to the season's end. Love said that he didn't realize how bad the incident looked until after the game and that he felt embarrassed and ashamed. 토토사이트
"I put myself here," Love said. "It wasn't about my teammates. It wasn't about the coaching staff. ... It shouldn't happen, but at the same time, it was a little blown out of proportion."
Love said he has only respect for Bickerstaff and for his teammates. He said he believes they have accepted his apology, knowing how hard he has worked this season to come back from a calf injury that sidelined him for two months.
"I'll ride or die for J.B., and I'll ride or die for our guys," Love said.