I’m already internet years late on this, but the most bizarre Mavs-related news of the season hit the fan this morning: a woman, who may or may not be Dirk Nowitzki’s girlfriend/fiancée and may or may not be pregnant with Dirk Jr., was arrested on charges of theft of services and possibly a probation violation. You can watch a video of Dirk and Christian Julie Wellington/Christian B. Travino/Crystal Nobles/Christy Nobles/Kristi Briana Westerhauf/Cristal Taylor, Cristal Taylor Westerhaus/Christa A. Westerhays (yeah, she had eight aliases) here, but I’m not sure that it really says anything conclusive aside from the fact that Dirk is apparently hungry.
Here’s what Dirk had to say:
“It’s pretty obvious that I’m going through a tough time in my personal life right now, but like I always have, I want to kind of keep my private life private,” Nowitzki said. “I’m not at the stage where I can talk about it yet and feel comfortable talking about it. … At this point, I just can’t talk about it.”
It’s hard to really say anything without confirmed facts, but claims that this is somehow a character flaw or that Dirk “has moved into T.O. type territory,” are flat-out false. Maybe it’s just a writer with his hand caught in the hyperbole jar, but the mere mention of Dirk and Owens in the same breath is ridiculous, not to mention unfounded.
I don’t sit down with Dirk on the weekends to grab a drink or call him up on his birthday, but based on what we know of him I would strongly doubt he was aware of his friend’s, girlfriend’s, or whatever’s past. Dirk has apparently hired a private investigator to look into the matter, and based on the frame of questioning from reporters, it seems that Dirk has not bailed out the woman who is allegedly his fiancée. Doesn’t quite ring of the actions of someone in the know, much less a forgiving beau.
To claim that this will or won’t affect Dirk’s in-game performance would be irresponsible of me. There’s never been a precedent of anything even remotely similar to this in Dirk’s career. But I’ve never doubted Dirk’s ability to focus on the game before, and I’m not about to start now. Game 3 carries a bit of weight, and this team as a whole is intelligent enough to appreciate that.