Former Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe used a video message Tuesday to thank Suns fans and the Suns organization -- and possibly to address the controversy surrounding a tweet that led to the end of his time in the Valley.
Just hours after being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for forward/center Greg Monroe and a pair of draft picks, Bledsoe appeared to address the controversy surrounding a tweet from Oct. 22 that set the wheels in motion for his trade.
"Man, it's been a long couple of weeks," Bledsoe said. "I just want to start by saying I've never been a liar. And I want to thank the City of Phoenix, the amazing fans, my teammates, the training staff, basketball operations, who all made my four years here for me and my family a great time."
Two weeks ago, Bledsoe tweeted "I dont wanna be here" on the same day the Suns fired head coach Earl Watson. The following day, Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said Bledsoe told him his tweet was in regard to not wanting to be at a hair salon and had nothing to do with the Suns.
McDonough said he did not believe that to be true, and he announced the Suns had sent Bledsoe home and would be fielding trade offers for the point guard. Bledsoe was later fined $10,000 for his tweet.
It's unclear whether Bledsoe's comment about not being a liar was in regard to his tweet -- but on Tuesday, Bledsoe used the same verbiage when asked about the tweet during an interview with 98.7 FM in Phoenix.
“I’ve never been a liar. I haven’t ever lied to anybody when it comes to serious things," Bledsoe told Burns and Gambo on 98.7 FM.
Later in his video message, Bledsoe said he's looking forward to joining the Bucks organization.
"But on the other hand, I'm extremely excited to be a Milwaukee Buck. I hope you guys are as excited as me. I'm ready to play in front of the fans. I played in front of them on the visitor side, and it was great.
"I want to just be a part of the organization, the team, and just the city of Milwaukee. I hope you guys are ready for me and my beautiful wife, my two amazing kids. Let's get it."
Eric Bledsoe bids farewell to Phoenix, says he's 'extremely excited' to join the Bucks
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