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11:46 AM ET 10.11 | The Bulls are looking into whether Boozer really injured his shooting hand the way he said he did: after tripping over a bag at his home as he went to answer the door on Oct 2. "It was just dark, my doorbell rang and I tripped over a gym bag, tried to brace myself and it popped," Boozer said when it was announced that he needed surgery. "I jumped back up, opened the door and my hand was still a little numb." Immediately after Boozer gave his explanation, red flags went up around the NBA. Having invested $80 million guaranteed in Boozer this past summer, the Bulls want to make sure that he's telling the truth. After all, he famously reneged on an agreement to remain with the Cavs in 2004.

New York Daily News

Carlos Boozer, AP Carlos Boozer, AP
October 11, 2010  11:47 AM ET

First!!!

October 11, 2010  11:48 AM ET

Now that i got that out of my system i think the bulls will be better this season as long as rose, noah, and carlos are playing at a high level

October 11, 2010  12:06 PM ET

this story was up yesterday

October 11, 2010  12:21 PM ET

Oftentimes when a player trips, falls, and breaks their hand, somebody else shows up with a black eye.

October 11, 2010  12:22 PM ET

He tripped over a gym and landed on his finger.... I bet he came up with the story after listening to Em & Dre...that's some bs. Come clean man... we all do dumb ****. Afterall you got the contract. Even Monta came through with the real story and its all in the past now. Seems the Bulls are cursed.. first Williams, now Boozer next it will be Rose choking over oatmeal or burning his finger in hot sauce. If Knicks weren't stupid to take Curry off their hands they'd be worse than the Wolves right about now.

October 11, 2010  12:28 PM ET

This sounds very suspicious. I am willing to bet that Boozer is not telling the entire truth. Reminds me of Radmanovic and his snow boarding incident...

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October 11, 2010  01:02 PM ET

It's plausible it happened the way he said it did - Just this morning @ 6:00 AM as I'm going for a run I tripped over my kid's book bag laying on our stairs, caught myself on the banister but twisted the knee a bit.

Give the guy a break.

October 11, 2010  01:04 PM ET
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Again, just like the other day......so what if it was sketchy?Are they going to void the contract and revert to a #8 seed?There is no replacement for him,so why stir up things?

Or possibly they don't void the contract, Boozer can't play a portion or the whole season or isn't up to his caliber, they end up #8 seed anyways by wasting a lot of money on a player who falsified his injury because he was doing something stupid he wasn't suppose to.

I don't know about you, but if I was an employer, spent a lot of money on an employee and employee ends up doing something where they can't perform the work they were hired to do and lied about it because they were doing something they weren't suppose to be doing, I'd be investigating it as well. Nothing wrong with that on the Bulls part.

October 11, 2010  01:08 PM ET

Danny Ferry tripped him

October 11, 2010  01:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Again, just like the other day......so what if it was sketchy?Are they going to void the contract and revert to a #8 seed?There is no replacement for him,so why stir up things?

I don't think the Bulls will try to void the contract but I'll play devil's advocate. If they investigate and find Boozer was injured while engaging in activity expressly prohibited from his contract, perhaps they can recoup a few million for the time he's out of the lineup.

Boozer at $13mm is a lot better than Boozer at $16mm.

October 11, 2010  01:19 PM ET

*gym bag = passed out hooker

October 11, 2010  01:21 PM ET
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I don't think the Bulls will try to void the contract but I'll play devil's advocate. If they investigate and find Boozer was injured while engaging in activity expressly prohibited from his contract, perhaps they can recoup a few million for the time he's out of the lineup. Boozer at $13mm is a lot better than Boozer at $16mm.

Exactly my stance. If his story is true or false, Bulls paid a lot of money, if they can recoup some of it because he was doing something he wasn't, all power to them.

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October 11, 2010  01:53 PM ET
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I'm going to respond to you and biggie.......Its about their end game. Unless you have second thoughts and want to void the contrac, why do it?All this does is piss off or embarass boozer, which turns him off and you have a disgruntled employee.Yes, under normal circumstances, as an, employer you have the right to investigate.....but this is not real lifethese players are millionaire egos that get turned off VERYquickly then your season is lostSo again, unless the plan is to void him.....investigating can only lead to bad things. Recouping a portion of the contract, I don't thinl is possible, unless.tje nba suspends him

Well I highly doubt they'd go as far as voiding the contract, unless it was an injury that put him out for the whole season and he falsified his story in how he got injured.

But in honesty, if the story he made ends up being false, the embarrassment falls on Boozer, not the Bulls for checking out his lame cover up story. He can only blame himself for that. So if he's disgruntled and pissed off for doing something to himself, he doesn't deserve anything but ridicule for being a complete ****wipe about it and not just telling the truth in the first place.

I'm employed, I've seen people lie about obvious things (seen someone lie and get fired too, they would still have had a job if they just spoke up instead of lying), the only reason the rest of us know about it is they lied about whatever it was. The truth would have been between them and management, not a tabloid type news story. ;)

Here's how it should have gone if he lied:

Boozer: Hey coach, I was being a ****, tripped over that prostitute in the dark and broke my hand.
Coach: Thanks for telling me the truth, we'll just tell upper management and the media you tripped and fell over your gym bag at home.
Boozer: Thanks coach.

The moral of the story to me, tell the truth to begin with, it might just set you free without all the hassle by being called a liar. ;)

October 11, 2010  02:58 PM ET

Well, what's the implication here?

Is the concern that his hand needed surgery BEFORE he signed with Bulls......or that he broke it in some other manner?

October 11, 2010  03:08 PM ET
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I'm going to respond to you and biggie.......Its about their end game. Unless you have second thoughts and want to void the contrac, why do it?All this does is piss off or embarass boozer, which turns him off and you have a disgruntled employee.Yes, under normal circumstances, as an, employer you have the right to investigate.....but this is not real lifethese players are millionaire egos that get turned off VERYquickly then your season is lostSo again, unless the plan is to void him.....investigating can only lead to bad things. Recouping a portion of the contract, I don't thinl is possible, unless.tje nba suspends him

That's valid. The Bulls are taking a risk by going after Boozer. Then again, the Bulls are trying to build a contender and they need a focus and committment from everyone. If they feel they don't have it from the largest paid player on the team, at the very start of his contract no less, they have to call him out on it. If they don't, they run a risk of other players seeing what they can and can't get away with. A disgruntled employee is no help but neither is an uncommitted, player his dogging it. I'm not saying Boozer is Eddie Curry but look at the mess Denver has been in with Kenyon Martin's contract!

The Bulls have two players they plan to invest big money into and need to set an example of what's expected of them. Going after Boozer provides an opportunity to accomplish this.

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