The New York Knicks are already a mess, but the question is can a mess get “messier”? Is that possible?
According to Raymond Felton, no.
Well, he didn’t exactly put it in those terms, but that’s probably what he’s thinking.
After being arrested on felony gun charges — and allegedly waiving a loaded at his estranged wife during an argument — Felton says that the situation won’t be a distraction to the Knicks.
Here is his part of his statement that he issued Wednesday after practice:
“This is not a distraction to this team,” Felton said…. “You know, I’m focusing on finishing out this season, finishing out these games with my teammates and going down to Miami and focusing on this next game at task, versus the defending champs.
“As far as what’s going on off the court with me, there will be no comment speaking on that. If you got any questions anything doing with that, speak to my lawyer.
“But other than that, I’m here to concentrate on this team, finish this season out with the New York Knicks and see what happens, man, trying to make it to the playoffs. We’re 5 ½ games out, 25 games left, so I’m really focusing on that with these guys, with the team and trying to make that happen.”
You can see the story, and Felton’s statement in its entirety here.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson agreed in saying that Felton’s situation won’t be a distraction to the team (what else would he say?). He also said that Felton will play tomorrow against the Miami Heat.
Felton was arraigned on Tuesday on one count of criminal possession of a firearm and one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree. Felton posted $25,000 bail and the judge ordered that Felton have no contact with his wife of 19 months.