Draymond Green was ejected for yelling profanities at a referee when he was actually yelling at a teammate in the Warriors’ loss to the New York Knicks on Thursday. After the game, Green wondered if the ejection rule should be changed to allow misinterpreted technical fouls to be re-evaluated in order to prevent unwarranted ejections.
With a few seconds remaining in the first half, Green was yelling at rookie James Wiseman in transition, and referee Ben Taylor thought Green was yelling at the refs, which prompted Green’s second tech of the game and ejection. Green pled his case, saying he was yelling at his teammates (which is allowed). But the deed was done — Green left a close game and, without their most valuable decision maker and defender, the Warriors fell apart.
“I’m just a bit confused,” Green said to ESPN’s Marc Spears. “Officials can meet and make a decision on any call throughout the game, but when it comes to a technical that was clearly the wrong call due to an official assuming I was talking to him when in fact I wasn’t, that can’t be overturned? Maybe it’s time to take a look at that rule. I would love clarity on why that’s the rule, if in fact it is a rule.”
In a pool report after the game, Taylor said Green received a technical foul “for profanity that was deemed to be directed at the official.”
Taylor said the officials heard the explanation — that the profanity was directed at Wiseman, not the officials — and did not consider rescinding the technical foul.
POOL REPORT ON SECOND TECHNICAL FOUL WITH 1:04 REMAINING TO PLAY IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF THE NEW YORK KNICKS/GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS GAME: pic.twitter.com/dVgsOHQ2KK
— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) January 22, 2021
“Wow. Bold. Privilege,” Green said to Spears in response to the officials’ explanation.
“I don’t know if you can take it back in the moment,” Steph Curry said after the game. “But it was pretty glaring that he was talking to his own teammate and unfortunate that it got confused.”
“I don’t know why (the referee) did that though,” Wiseman said. “He thought that (Green) was probably talking to him when he was talking to me. But, I don’t know, I was confused myself. That was kind of weird.”
Strange, too, because technical fouls that led to rejections have been rescinded before. When with the Sacramento Kings in 2016, DeMarcus Cousins was ejected when Portland Trail Blazers’ Mason Plumlee fouled him and Cousins’ mouthguard flew out of his mouth near the Blazers’ bench. Officials thought Cousins spit at the opposing bench.
Officials realized it was an accident and called Cousins back from the locker room — though he’d already ripped his jersey.
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