“We can appreciate Mark’s passion for his clients and understand his disappointment,” Hornets team president Hugh Weber said Thursday. “It is our procedure for a player to undergo a thorough physical examination before a contract can be finalized. After consulting with our medical team, the Hornets organization feels that it is not in our best interest to move forward with the signing.”
The Hornets’ decision not to offer Head a contract was made after the franchise and general manager Jeff Bower mutually agreed to part ways on Tuesday. Though the deal agreement was reached last Saturday, Head had not signed the contract yet.
“There is absolutely nothing wrong with him – zero,’’ Bartelstein said Thursday morning. “This is a business where you have to have relations and trust people. They chose to fire Jeff and that’s disappointing in itself, but they are entitled to do whatever they think to do from a business standpoint. But Jeff was the general manager of the team when they made the deal. You have to honor the deal that your general manager make.’’
Bartelstein has several NFL clients and represents 36 players in the NBA, including Metairie native Danny Granger, who plays for the Indiana Pacers.