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It’s no secret the Washington Wizards have locker room issues. It’s been a staple for them for a few years now.
In the past, it was John Wall and Bradley Beal fighting for who was the alpha of the team. The two stars seem to have moved past that, but now it appears Wall and big man Marcin Gortat have something going on behind the scenes.
Wall, who is currently out with a knee injury, took offense to a tweet Gortat sent out a few weeks back after the Wizards defeated the Toronto Raptors.
Following a 122-119 win over the Raptors on Feb. 1, Gortat tweeted the following:
Unbelievable win tonight ! Great "team" victory!
— Marcin Gortat?? (@MGortat) February 2, 2018
The tweet caused quite the stir, especially since Gortat emphasized the word “team.”
Many people, including Wall, interpreted Gortat’s tweet as a jab towards Wall and the two teammates met privately to confront each other about it — according to a report from ESPN.
“John Wall and Marcin Gortat met privately last week to confront each other about where they stand after Gortat’s tweet, league sources told ESPN. It was the first time the two spoke in person regarding the tweet. Both Wizards players requested the sit-down, sources say. The meeting, which didn’t last long, facilitated the airing of grievances, but sources say there is still more work to be done to fully repair that relationship.
“Wall, sources say, reached out to Gortat via a text message and essentially stated that if there’s a problem, to direct it to him instead of using social media to spew backhanded insults, sources with knowledge of the conversation told ESPN.”
When asked about Gortat’s tweet on SportsCenter, Wall said, “It was more just shock to hear it from him [Gortat], understanding he gets the most assists from me and the most spoon-fed baskets ever.”
The Wizards are currently 33-24 on the season, good for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.