Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

Al apologizes, Wolves waive Mark Blount

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves players, Wolves news Updated: March 1, 2010 - 5:30 PM

A day after the team issued a statement from him, Wolves center Al Jefferson spoke at length after practice today and apologized to his team, his teammates and his fans for his weekend DWI arrest.

He called his decision to drive home after he had been drinking following Saturday's loss to Portland a "stupid choice."

"I'm a good person, I just made a mistake," he said. "I promise it'll never happen again. Lesson learned. You live and learn. I didn't realize the danger that I put myself in, put other people -- innocent people -- in. I just feel real bad. I'm ready to put it behind me. I keep telling myself how stupid I was and I wish I could turn back the hands of time. But I can't.

"It will never happen again. I don't care if I have to walk home. I would never get behind the wheel when I had I something to drink again in my life."

Also today: 

* The Wolves waived exiled Mark Blount, a move David Kahn called a "courtesy" to the player and his agent.

Players released by midnight tonight are eligible to sign with another team in time for the playoff push and the playoffs, but it's unlikely Blount -- who hasn't played all season -- will catch on with another team at this late date.

* Wayne Ellington and Nathan Jawai left practice with sprained ankles. Both limped away down a hallway -- Ellington with his left ankle, Jawai with his right -- to get treatment after getting hurt during a demanding practice today.

They will be re-evaluated Tuesday.

* Darko Milicic wore the black starter's jersey today while Jefferson, suspended by the team for the next two games, wore white on a second unit with Kevin Love.

 

 

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