Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Shabazz Muhammad has been sent home from the Rookie Transition Program for violating the policy of not bringing any women back to your room during the four-day program. The rookie program has been around since 1986, created by the NBA and NBPA to help incoming rookies learn about everything from character to portraying a positive image of yourself to financial responsibility to learning how to keep leaches out of your inner circle, life, and bank account.
It’s something rookies need to experience without distraction and one of the rules to help prevent distraction is to keep potential hook-ups out of the picture during the event. Unfortunately for Shabazz Muhammad, he’ll have to repeat it next year because he was sent home after he brought a female guest into his hotel room on Tuesday. From Jeff Zillgitt at USA Today:
Minnesota Timberwolves rookie guard Shabazz Muhammad was sent home from the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program for violating of a rule and bringing a female guest into his hotel room Tuesday evening, a person familiar with situation told USA TODAY Sports.
The person requested anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the situation.
Muhammad, who also will be fined, was in Florham Park, N.J. for the four-day program which helps rookies transition into the league through a series of seminars, instructions and guest speakers.
This is undeniably stupid. Shabazz should have been able to keep it in his pants, assuming that was the reason for bringing the girl back to his hotel room, for less than a week while he’s learning valuable information that could benefit him and his professional career. Is it a big deal in the grand scheme of things? I would assume it won’t be, although you never know if this shows just a 20-year old taking advantage of his fame with a sexual encounter or if it’s a sign that he can’t follow basic rules for even a small amount of time.
It may look like a dumb rule to some people, but it’s in place to get these guys soaking in and processing the information that the league and the union have compiled to help keep them from being another fallen star athlete (I mean this in relation to the rest of the world’s population) who wasn’t able to manage his money, show proper character, or keep himself from letting bad influences into his life. It’s a job requirement, even if that job is professional athlete, and Shabazz should be able to follow that requirement.
That’s not going to stop me from making dumb jokes on Twitter though.
It's hard to blame Shabazz Muhammad here. He has a scorer's mentality. #BOOMNAILEDIT
— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) August 7, 2013
Muhammad will be forced to repeat the program next summer when the 2014 draft class participates in the Rookie Transition Program, which should shame him in some way. He will also be fined for breaking the rules.
Maybe you’ll remember back in 2008 when Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur were sent home from the RTP for having women in their hotel room. They were each fined $20,000 for the incident and at the time their room was searched for marijuana and paraphernalia after the room smelled like smoked drugs (that’s what the kids are calling it these days, right?). You may also remember that Michael Beasley (SUPERCOOLBEAS) was involved in the incident. He wasn’t sent home from the program because they didn’t know he was directly involved when initially investigated.
But it’s believed that Pat Riley made him confess to his involvement in the incident and not cooperating with the investigation, which caused him to receive a $50,000 fine later on.