Amir Johnson apologized to his teammate before Sunday’s practice for the cellphone used on then bench during Game 1 against the Brooklyn Nets.
Per ESPN, Brown said reserve forward Amir Johnson met him in his office before Sunday’s practice and asked to speak to his teammates and coaches after being fined for having a cellphone on the bench Saturday.
“He addressed the team before the day began,” Brown said. “And in my mind, there’s not much more that can be done. We all understand there is zero place for that in our league or our organization. It’s not the look, it’s not the professionalism that we or he represents. Amir is a good person. People that know Amir know this. And so a mistake was made. We owned it, he owned it, we made a statement, and we move on. And I really mean that. We move on.”
“I really want to sweep it under the rug, and that’s that,” Johnson said. “I apologized to my teammates and the organization, and I hate that there was so much attention on the cellphone. We’re focused on Game 2. Like I said, this situation, you just kind of want to move it to the side. There’s so many media outlets and situations about that cellphone, and I hate that it ever happened.”