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.


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3 responses to “Do as I say, not as I do…”

14 02 2007
zipperboy (13:33:38) :

Wow, I guess the NBA is doing a good job of covering this up because I never heard a word about it!

Anyone have any new information?

15 02 2007
aceboonkk (09:09:30) :

The NBA did the best it could to cover up the original story. Which is basically impossible when you have one eye-witness, but thousands.

Now that it is out, I’d have to agree with McMorris, the league is definately trying to send a message: ‘We do punish referees’ (I just wish they’d fire some)

My concern is that he can’t give his side of the story, outside of the NBA, or he gets in more trouble.

15 02 2007
zipperboy (17:48:00) :

Can’t fire a whistler blower in the USA!

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