“He got hurt Sunday prior to the (basketball tournament) championship game,” said Herman (Sonny) Hoffman, the director of the Akchin Gymnasium in Maricopa, Ariz., where the tournament was held, per ESPN.
Hoffman was asked if he believes Suggs was injured at the tournament.
“More than likely it was. My staff saw the whole incident. It was the condition you’d describe for a torn Achilles. He had no movement, no step, and it swelled up right away,” said Hoffman.
Hoffman filled out an incident report and asked Suggs if he needed any medical attention. He of course declined and left the gym.
Hoffman was asked again if he was sure Suggs tore his Achilles at that moment and he said, “Well, I have other staff members that told me the same thing. The people who were scorekeeping, keeping the books, running the clock, they all said the same thing. He did it during the game. It looked like he stepped wrong. There was a collision, and he stepped wrong, possibly on someone’s foot. It was either the Achilles or the ankle because it was in that area. After that, he left and didn’t play.”
When ESPN confronted Suggs again about the matter, he said the following through his agent Joel Segal, “Simply not true. I hurt myself doing my conditioning test.”