Butler: Sideline Outburst Meant to Show 'This is Not Okay'

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Caron Butler said his sideline rant at the end of Sunday's loss to the Dallas Mavericks wasn't directed at any particular teammate or issue. The two-time all-star said he simply lost his cool after watching the Wizards (4-21) squander yet another winnable game with yet another poor fourth quarter performance.

"There are no Cleos around here," said Butler in reference to the fortune teller whose ads used to run all over late-night television. "Even [Miss] Cleo couldn't dictate this. It's just one of those situations where it's 'Man, this is not okay.' Somebody has to say something. This is not okay. It's not okay to continue to lose games like this. And I know that everyone feels that way on the inside. I just expressed it, and I expressed all the way out from deep in my tummy. I just put it out there."

About the Bobcats

Charlotte (9-19) is in slightly better shape than the Wizards but Larry Brown's team has lost eight of its last 10 and is coming off a 110-103 home loss to Golden State Saturday night.

Warriors guard Jamal Crawford torched the Bobcats for 50 points, making him the first Golden State player to do that since Wizards forward Antawn Jamison pulled it off in consecutive games during the 2000-01 season.

The team is 2-5 since trading Jason Richardson and Jared Dudley to Phoenix for guards Raja Bell and Sean Singletary and forward Boris Diaw.

The Wizards are 12-4 against Charlotte all-time and won three of four meetings last season.

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