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20 01 2007

Jason Kidd was fined $20,000 for the following statement:

“We come to work, and we work extremely hard at this, only for the officals to screw us.  We fought, but that doesn’t mean anything when you have  the officals take over the game like that.  You go with three blind mice, and it’s just sad that Tom [Washington] screwed up that game for us.”

Do as I say, not as I do…

17 01 2007

Press Release from The National Basketball Referees Association

Last week, a Portland fan accused NBA referee Rodney Mott of directing an “obscene gesture” and “inappropriate comment” toward him as Mott left the floor after the game. The league conducted a cursory investigation, immediately suspended Mott for three games, and promptly issued a press release to publicize the reprimand.

Mott claims that the fan’s allegations are untrue, and is appealing the punishment to Commissioner David Stern. As an NBA referee, Mott is not able to rebut the charges publicly without risking additional sanctions. He will never be able to tell his side of the story to those outside of the NBA.

“The league is singling out Rodney because they want to send a message that they can and do punish referees,” stated Lamell McMorris, official spokesman for the National Basketball Referees Association. “Rodney did not do what they said he did, and the league is using him as a scapegoat and poster child to distract the public from other battles.”

“One thing the Duke lacrosse team case in North Carolina should teach all of us is that you shouldn’t rush to judgment,” observed McMorris. “Often, accusations just do not hold up under careful scrutiny. Meanwhile, if you publicize events recklessly without taking the time to learn all the facts, you can ruin the reputations of good people in an unwarranted and very serious way. There are at least two sides to every story, and those who rush to judgment sometimes trip along the way.”

The National Basketball Referees Association represents the referees of the National Basketball Association.

McInnis ejected: Bobcats issues run deep

17 01 2007

Jeff McInnis was ejected in the first quarter of the Bobcats game against Philly on January 13.

8 seconds later, Dick Bavetta called an offical timeout and players from both teams went to the bench for several minutes.

The Bobcats were assessed a technical foul and McInnis was ejected. Coach Bickerstaff was irate, but the Bobcats ‘official roster’ failed to list Jeff as an active player.

Good job front office. Great orginizations are great from top to bottom, it’s no wonder the Bobcats are consistent cellar dwellers in their division. If Michael Jordan really wants to help this team, maybe he should start by making sure the rosters are correct before the game.