Dirty plays happen in all sports. Whether it’s poking your opponents in the eye at the bottom of a pile on the gridiron or using brass knuckles in the wrestling ring, it happens all the time.
For the NBA, Cleveland Cavalier Matthew Dellavedova plays as dirty as the next guy. Because of some of his plays, including leg locking Taj Gibson, which led to an altercation, he was recently voted as the dirtiest player in the NBA in a poll by the L.A. Times.
The newspaper got some anonymous quotes from players and coaches around the league that shows this poll was validated.
“Wow! Delly and Bogut are both from Australia,” an Eastern Conference player said about the tally. “How about that! Delly is kind of dirty and he does cross the line. But I don’t even think it’s even close with Bogut. Dellavedova is a little bit wild and out of control.”
“He’s as dirty as they come,” a Western Conference coach said. “When you’re hurting people, that is not OK.”
Maybe this will have referees paying a little more attention to Dellavedova.
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