Andrey Vatutin, CSKA President:
Mike James, CSKA guard:
We had certain problems, but I don’t want to talk about them in details now, this is our internal affair. It took a lot of time to sort things out and listen to everyone. After returning from Berlin, we gathered as a team and talked frankly, tried to find a professional solution for the sake of common interests. There was no easy way out of this situation, and we, with the coaching staff and the team, chose a path that implies a lot of joint work - and this is natural for a high-level sports team. It is clear that assessments can only be made over time. But we are united in this decision, and this is very important for me. I hope that everything will work out and we will grow as a team. Mike remains part of our team, we move on together.
January 8th my grandpa passed away as a result of Lung cancer. Since that moment my personal life has gone up and down and a lot of changes have happened. Unfortunately that has spilled into my professional life and a lot of misunderstandings about the club and I have come out into the media. First I would like to say that this issue is very close to me and is not information I would like in the media. Second I would also like to say there is some ways to handle to things and I didn’t handle everything in this situation the best way possible for myself or the club which I represent. For that reason I’m here to apologize and say the attention that this has caused and the distraction is not the way I would like my grandpa to be remembered or talked about. CSKA and I will work through this internally and work through this as a group. I would respect people to leave this as a thing in the past. I appreciate all the well wishes towards my family and thank you for all the concern.