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.
As for Brooks, there’s video that appears to show him grabbing himself below the waist before the referees threw him out of the game, as well. If Mauer said what many reported he said, then the league has a real issue on its hands. Referees unquestionably have an extremely difficult job out there, but under no circumstances can they be allowed to respond to players’ complaints with derogatory comments like this. The league should investigate, and make its findings public.