Zabian Dowdell Rumors

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The Suns waived point guard Zabian Dowdell this morning for another blow to his hard-luck career. Dowdell has not been able to participate in Suns training camp due to ongoing pain under his right kneecap and his return was not imminent. With the preseason opener a week away and the season opener in 13 days, the Suns decided to waive Dowdell, 27, so that they can begin preparing a different point guard to back up Steve Nash with Sebastian Telfair.
The NBA fined 24-year referee Ken Mauer and Suns guard Zabian Dowdell undisclosed amounts for an exchange they had that led to Dowdell’s ejection in a March 30 game. Dowdell entered the game with 3:02 remaining and the Suns trailing by 20. Two minutes later, the exchange occurred after a Dowdell turnover. The rookie reported to the league that Mauer used a derogatory name, which prompted a Dowdell response that could have been considered a threat. “While we do not believe Mauer used the language that was reported, his actions were still deemed to be inappropriate,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank said.
Suns’ players were reluctant to speak to the specific events afterward, but word around the locker room was that one of the referees said something that crossed the line, which caused the overreaction from the players and the ensuing ejections. The exact comment was reportedly referee Ken Mauer telling Dowdell to “stop being a little b****” after a call, to which Dowdell responded by asking Mauer if he would call him that off the court. That’s when Dowdell was tossed.