Gordon Hayward out indefinitely with fractured shoulder, which his wife said the Hornets had him play through

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Gordon Hayward being seriously injured isn’t a shocking development at this point, but his wife going after the Charlotte Hornets for allegedly mistreating his health might come as a surprise.

The Hornets forward’s day began with the team pulling him out of Friday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves with a bruised shoulder. The injury appears to have been the same one that saw him miss eight games earlier this month, but he has since returned and played in three games.

That last game was tough: Hayward scored seven points on 3-of-10 shooting with two rebounds, three assists and four turnovers.

Robin Hayward, the player’s wife, decided to respond by posting a screenshot of the Hornets’ official injury report with a bruise line and revealing what she called the real story: Hayward suffered a fractured left shoulder blade, aka. spatula, and the Hornets made him play through it.

She seemed quite disappointed with the way the team treated her husband, saying that the team failed to protect not only Gordon but the other players as well.

Robin Hayward spills tea on the Hornets

Screenshot of Robin Hayward's Instagram story.
Screenshot of Robin Hayward’s Instagram story. (Instagram)
Screenshot of Robin Hayward's Instagram story.  In fact, he has a broken shoulder blade... which they made him play with in the last game... that's why he couldn't raise his hand in the last game... everyone who knows Gordon knows that he has one goal: to win and play it right, he is the most truthful player/person you will ever meet.  If he is not going to play, it will be more than a bruise... I will stop there and not go into the previous things.  (Instagram)
Screenshot of Robin Hayward’s Instagram story. (Instagram)

Full text of Hayward’s statement on Instagram:

In fact, he has a broken shoulder blade… which they made him play with in the last game… that’s why he couldn’t raise his hand in the last game… everyone who knows Gordon knows that he has one goal. and that’s for winning and playing right, he’s the most truthful player/person you’ll find. If he’s not going to play, it’s not because of the bruise…

I will stop here and not go into the previous questions.

Hayward did not stop there.

Just to clarify – as the team doesn’t say. This is a broken shoulder. What is a broken bone. I don’t defend players over them. Just spoke to a young player’s mom and she said the same thing….

About an hour later, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Hayward was out indefinitely with a broken left shoulder.

Regardless of the circumstances, a shoulder fracture is a brutal turn of events for a player who is well-acquainted with violent turns of events.

Gordon Hayward of the Hornets suffers yet another injury

After leaving the Utah Jazz in 2017, Hayward suffered a fractured tibia. broken arm, ankle sprain, another ankle spraina broken toe, a foot injury that required a cast, and now this, plus stay on concussion protocol.

There may not be a player more snakebitten in the NBA, which is hard on both Hayward and the team that signed him to a four-year, $120 million contract in 2020.

In three seasons with the Hornets, Hayward played a total of 104 games and averaged 17.5 points on 46.4% shooting (40.0% from depth), 5.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists. He is still an efficient player on the court, he just can’t stay on the court.



Source: sports.yahoo.com