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Gordon Hayward's Wife Robyn Slams Hornets over Team's Handling of Shoulder Injury

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVNovember 26, 2022

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 23: Gordon Hayward #20 of the Charlotte Hornets looks on during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers on November 23, 2022 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Robyn Hayward, Gordon Hayward's wife, took aim at the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night for allegedly mismanaging Hayward's shoulder injury.

Ryan McDonald of the Deseret News tweeted screenshots from Robyn's Instagram Stories in which she disputed the team's injury report, which listed Gordon as out due to a shoulder contusion:

Ryan McDonald @ryanwmcdonald

Was just about to tweet that Gordon Hayward's wife posted this on her IG story about his injury <a href="https://t.co/ulbztlovFL">https://t.co/ulbztlovFL</a> <a href="https://t.co/iihIIHlxtt">pic.twitter.com/iihIIHlxtt</a>

Robyn wrote that Gordon actually had a fractured scapula, which the team allowed him to play through against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.

She also accused the Hornets of "not protecting players," and wrote that the mother of one of the younger players on the team agreed with her.

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported Friday night that Hayward did indeed have a fractured left shoulder that would require further evaluations and cause him to miss time.

Hayward missed eight games with a shoulder injury before he returned against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Nov. 18. He went on to play in three games, including Wednesday's contest against Philadelphia.

He clearly was far from 100 percent Wednesday, as he went just 3-of-10 from the field and finished with seven points, three assists, two rebounds and four turnovers. Robyn wrote on Instagram that Hayward couldn't properly lift his arm during the game.

He did not play Friday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, and it appears he is set to miss an indefinite amount of time.

The 32-year-old has been a key player for the Hornets over the past three years, since arriving via a sign-and-trade deal with the Boston Celtics.

Hayward, who was a one-time All-Star during his seven-year stint with the Utah Jazz to begin his career, is averaging 16.3 points, 4.4 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 three-pointers made in 11 games this season.

The Hornets have struggled, posting a 6-14 record, although much of that is because star guard LaMelo Ball missed the first 13 games of the season with an ankle injury, and the past four games after re-injuring his ankle.

With Hayward joining Ball and forward Cody Martin (knee) on the shelf, the Hornets may be short on quality depth for the foreseeable future.

For as long as they are out, Charlotte will be forced to lean on Terry Rozier, Kelly Oubre Jr. and P.J. Washington as its top contributors.