Mitchell questions media

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:27 AM ET

Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell lashed out at the Toronto media yesterday for what he believes is unbalanced and sensational reporting of his team. In the wake of various controversies that have rocked the Raptors, including a website story on Friday night reporting that he had a physical confrontation with Vince Carter, Mitchell let it be known yesterday that he is sick and tired of having to answer questions about unsubstantiated rumours concerning alleged incidents that happen off the court.

Mitchell had denied the website story which reported that Carter had slammed him on to a massage table.

"Some people ought to be ashamed of themselves at some level with some of this stuff. It's ridiculous," he said. "Just go home and look in the mirror. You want me to respect you guys? Give me some respect by not asking me questions that have (nothing) to do with basketball."

The report on the Sportsnet website broke just prior to the Raptors game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night and quoted Vince Carter's mother Michelle claiming that Mitchell had physically challenged her son and Vince then slammed him on to a massage table. Raptors guard Alvin Williams backed Mitchell's version of the story, that the coach was joking around with himself and Carter and then Carter pretended to pin the coach, wrestling style, when Mitchell laid down on the massage table.

STEAMED

Before he took questions on his team's 106-91 loss to the 76ers on Friday night, an irritated Mitchell felt obligated to make a statement about Carter. Yesterday, he was still steamed.

"The fact that I had to come in (Friday) night and waste my time and give a statement after a tough loss and talk about (fighting) Vince Carter is ridiculous. It was comical," he said. "For me to stand up and answer 40 questions about nonsense is degrading to me. Those are the type of things that make me angry, not the fact that you have to grill me on why we lost, on why we gave up 50% shooting the last eight games. Those are legitimate questions."

Mitchell insisted again yesterday that he has control of his squad and that there is no mutiny in the locker-room, even though the club has lost four in a row and controversies continue to break out.


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