The Wizards have seen players suspended before during the playoffs. Remember Ted Leonsis in 2014 when Nene was suspended in Game 4 of their first round series against the Bulls?
This time, Leonsis decided to show his support for the suspended Kelly Oubre by wearing his jersey Sunday night:
America's owner @TedLeonsis representin' #FreeOubre pic.twitter.com/sYaLVNKypm— Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy) May 7, 2017
#FreeOubre pic.twitter.com/c7xCMqZstx— Ted Leonsis (@TedLeonsis) May 7, 2017
His son Zach also wore Oubre’s jersey:
Zach Leonsis also repping #FreeOubre pic.twitter.com/KFJFZt5iyJ— Hoop District (@HoopDistrictDC) May 7, 2017
Before the game, Leonsis gave an interview to Chris Miller and Phil Chenier of Comcast SportsNet about the constant travel between Wizards and Capitals playoff games, future Wizards banners, and also defended Oubre. He did not say that Oubre should not have been suspended outright, but he openly wondered whether the suspension was excessive.
Let’s see if this rally around Oubre will work tonight as the Wizards try to even this series at two games a piece.