Pacers Statement on Lance Stephenson's Arrest

With the reports getting uglier, Larry Bird and the Indiana Pacers issued the following statement about Lance’s arrest:

Statement from Indiana Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird:

The news of Lance Stephenson’s arrest is very disappointing to the Pacers franchise and to me personally.  We have worked very hard to bring in players that are excellent representatives of our franchise, community and state both on and off the court.   Our commitment to this goal is too strong to permit the actions of one individual to reverse all of the positive strides that have been made as a franchise over the last couple of years or to hurt the image of the rest of the players on our team.  Everyone in the Pacers organization remains strongly committed to our players representing Indianapolis and the state of Indiana in a positive way and will not condone behavior that reflects poorly on this franchise and community.

We are continuing to gather all of the facts regarding Lance’s arrest but regardless of the outcome of the investigation, Lance should not have put himself in the position he was in early Sunday morning.  We have consistently emphasized to our players the importance of not putting themselves in situations where bad things can happen.  Once all the facts are known we will deal appropriately with Lance so that he, the team and the entire Pacers community understands that this message cannot be ignored.

It is somewhat boilerplate and clearly non-committal as to the specifics of the charges, but it will be very telling how exactly Bird executes the sentiment in the final sentence – repeated here for emphasis.

Once all the facts are known we will deal appropriately with Lance so that he, the team and the entire Pacers community understands that this message cannot be ignored.

It appears that Lance is about to have a come-to-(Basketball)-Jesus meeting, and I have to wonder if the axe isn’t about to fall.

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