Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 5/3/13
Bulls forward Luol Deng has been taking some flak from Chicagoans after he missed Game 6 of the team’s first-round series against Brooklyn with an illness. It was originally reported that Deng sat out because he was battling the flu, while fellow Bulls Nate Robinson and Taj Gibson, who were also dealing with flu-like symptoms, suited up and played in the team’s 95-92 loss. A city that has already been dealing with Derrick Rose‘s controversial decision not to play (torn ACL) despite being medically cleared to do so began questioning Deng’s toughness and commitment to the team. Hearing this criticism angered Deng, and the big man took to Twitter to explain that it was not the flu that kept him out, but rather the aftereffects of a spinal tap. Deng underwent the extremely painful procedure after showing symptoms of viral meningitis. See Deng’s explanation — and reaction to his critics — in the tweets below. It really upsets me that everyone thinks I would miss a game bc of the flu. I've played a lot of games w the flu in my career.— Luol Deng (@LuolDeng9) May 03, 2013 On Wed I was taken to the ER and my symptoms indicated I may have meningitis In order to play on Thurs I was ... m.tmi.me/Uagd5— Luol Deng (@LuolDeng9) May 03, 2013 As a result of the spinal tap I suffered the worst headache I've ever experienced and been the weakest I've ever felt.— Luol Deng (@LuolDeng9) May 03, 2013 Yesterday I was unable to walk or even get out of bed. I made it to the UC and was sent home. This morning my symptoms worsened.— Luol Deng (@LuolDeng9) May 03, 2013 Now I'm back in the ER where I may have to spend the night... I want my teammates and Bulls fans to know I would NEVER miss a game bc of flu— Luol Deng (@LuolDeng9) May 03, 2013 If I'm medically cleared I will fly to NY to be with my team and try to win game 7— Luol Deng (@LuolDeng9) May 03, 2013

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