New Jersey Nets officials say they plan to question Orlando Woolridge today about an automobile accident the forward says caused him to miss two games over the weekend. Heading the list of questions probably will be why he waited almost 24 hours to tell the Nets about the Friday accident.
Woolridge missed a team bus on Friday to Philadelphia and told a team official on Saturday, an hour before a Nets home game against Seattle, that he was in a traffic accident on the New Jersey Turnpike near Runnemede while driving to Philadelphia to meet the team.
The state police have no record of such an accident. But the nursing supervisor of a hospital where Woolridge claims to have been treated for "bad head pains" after the accident, and a clerk at a Runnemede Holiday Inn where Woolridge says he decided to rest Friday night, confirmed his presence.
According to a Nets statement attributed to Woolridge, his vehicle ran off the road because of poor weather conditions and landed in a ditch. Woolridge told the Nets he suffered a head injury and waited more than two hours for a tow truck.
Woolridge is the Nets' second-leading scorer with a 16.4 average. He has missed 30 games this season with a variety of injuries, including four recently with a pulled groin muscle.