Ty Lawson has had a few off-the-court issues during his NBA career, so whenever he does something like miss a team flight, it’s going to set off some alarms. That’s exactly what happened on Friday, when Lawson wasn’t on an airplane that the Sacramento Kings took to Kentucky, causing him to miss a preseason game on Saturday.
No one knows exactly what happened, but TMZ managed to get a few details about the incident. Lawson was apparently at a Las Vegas nightclub with two of his teammates, Ben McLemore and Willie Cauley-Stein, along with boxer Adrien Broner. This happened after a Kings preseason game in Vegas, and the following morning, McLemore and Cauley-Stein managed to get onto the flight.
Although he missed out, his agent told TMZ that Lawson reached out to the front office about missing the flight and they granted him permission. This is an interesting development, because on Sunday, reports made it sound like the team had no idea what was going on.
Kings guard Ty Lawson will meet with team officials to explain why he missed Friday’s flight from Las Vegas to Lexington, Ky., and missed Saturday’s preseason win over the Washington Wizards, sources confirmed, forcing the team to decide if they want to move forward with the talented guard, who has had his problems off the court.
Lawson also was late to Thursday morning’s shootaround prior to the Kings’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Las Vegas.
Kings general manager Vlade Divac did not return a message seeking comment. The official reason the team gave for Lawson’s absence Saturday was “personal reasons.”