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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tina Charles addresses her departure from Connecticut

While the hierarchy of the jilted Connecticut Sun did not hesitate in describing the events leading to departure of Olympic gold medalist and former WNBA MVP Tina Charles, the former UConn star chose her words significantly more carefully.

Speaking on a conference call with New York Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer, Charles said all the right things during her opening statement. She expressed gratitude to the Connecticut Sun organization, coaching staff, administration, her former teammates and the fans. But it wasn't long until she was pressed for details on the divorce between her and the Sun.

She declined to go into details regarding her conversations with Sun general manager Chris Sienko when he flew out to Russia to soothe over any bad vibes left over from a frustrating 2013 season. He returned believing all was good only to be informed by Charles' agent in late March that she wanted to play in New York and would not play for the Sun during the 2014 season if they held onto her.

All Charles would say on that subject was "I absolutely did consider sitting out."

Here's more from Charles on her decision to force a trade from Connecticut.

"You are going to have ups and downs with a team, every day is not going to be perfect. I faced that my rookie year and I faced it my previous year. Connecticut has great parts but I looked at the bigger picture and the bigger picture was Coach Laimbeer, Cappie (Pondexter), the New York Liberty and the opportunity that they presented.

"My decision to leave the Sun is based on winning and being in New York. Coach Laimbeer and the Liberty organization is headed in the right direction and I very much want to be a part of that."


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