Harsh words are often said after a controversial call in an NBA game. Not often they come from an official person. Presumably, this was the case in Friday’s game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Toronto Raptors.
Towards the end of the second quarter Mavericks defenseman Spencer Dinwiddie was called for a foul, then received a technical foul from a Tony Brothers official. The incident resulted in two free throws for the Raptors, but the fireworks didn’t start until after the game.
Dinwiddie told reporters that not only was his technical foul unjustified because he was slapping his teammates, but that the Brothers also called him a “bastard motherfucker” while talking to one of his Mavericks teammates.
The veteran also called on the NBA to cancel his technical foul penalty.
“… what seemed to piss him off was the applause. I think he thought it was disrespectful. If you watch games and I know what referees are supposed to do, you’ll see me clapping to get the attention of my teammates, things like that, so it was nothing personal. As a man, I would like to say that I am sorry, first of all. And secondly, I would like to say that not only would I get my money back, but I wouldn’t want my teammates to call me “bastard”.
“So, if there is someone who thinks so of me, without going to name any names, they can address me personally, face to face, because no swearing was used against anyone personally. , that wasn’t a foul taking” or “That wasn’t a fucking foul taking” or something like that. It wasn’t something personal, so NBA, I would definitely like my money back, and I would appreciate no penalty for this monologue.”
NBA players are fined a set amount for each technical foul. increases as their total number increases during the season, unless the league revokes the foul. Penalties can increase up to a one-game suspension if a player scores 16 technical points in a season.
However, the media only received Dinwiddie’s version of the story, as the NBA did not grant the Brothers access to a pool reporter after the game. The league justified this decision by stating that pool reporters’ requests were granted only to clarify the rules. by reporter Mark Stein.
Dinwiddie finished the game with 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting with seven assists and two steals in the Mavericks’ 111–110 win that improved to 5–3 on the season.