Milwaukee handed Sanders a four-year, $44 million contract extension in the 2013 offseason to be the star it built around.
After Sanders tore a ligament in his thumb in an incident stemming from a bar fight, there were questions regarding his maturity and leadership.
Surveillance video below was released by the Milwaukee Police Department, courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Those questions most certainly won't go away after the latest incident involving Sanders.
After the Bucks lost 116-100 to the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 4, Neal and Sanders got into a "confrontation" that resulted in the two having to be separated.
Gary Neal and Larry Sanders in big argument in Bucks locker room after game. Was going on as reporters entered.— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) January 5, 2014
Bucks strength coach Robert Hackett stepped in between two players at adjoining lockers.— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) January 5, 2014
Sanders could be heard questioning Neal's attitude. Later Neal exited using profanity.— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) January 5, 2014
Even more notable than the fact that teammates had to be separated, Neal openly questioned Sanders' passion for basketball on his way out of the locker room.
Nasty confrontation between Larry Sanders, Gary Neal in Bucks locker room. Neal as he left: ``I earn my money. You should try it sometime.''— Robert Baum (@Thebaumerphx) January 5, 2014
Many believe the Bucks paid Sanders too soon due to inconsistencies in his game. While extensions should reflect the pay for future performances, Sanders' initial start as the lead man of the rebuilding Bucks has not exactly gone according to plan.
As B/R's Adam Fromal previously noted, Sanders' game is a work in progress:
It only took him a few games into the season before he complained to NBA.com's Steve Aschburner, saying, "I feel like I'm capable of being in the game at the end and helping my team win, coming up with blocks and rebounds. I haven’t been able to get my rhythm out there."
Ascburner referred to the troubled big man as, "the opposite of smooth, offensively, looking at times like he’s wrestling a lawn chair." Unfortunately, it's true.
O.J. Mayo on locker room argument between Neal and Sanders: "Team bonding, man. A little kumbaya, man. It's all good."— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) January 5, 2014
The Bucks seek a sense of direction and are sorely lacking one.
Milwaukee and Sanders both need to stop making headlines for the wrong reasons in order for anyone to take the future of the franchise seriously.