It always angers me that the major sports leagues continue to employ incompetent officials, but it simply disgusts me that they employ officials that purposely make calls that they know are bogus.
This is one such call.
The San Antonio Spurs were playing the Dallas Mavericks in a late-season game. Tim Duncan had been given a Technical for coplaining about the call. Just over a minute later, he was sitting on the bench. After a play ended on San Antonio’s side of the floor, Tim was seen laughing on the bench. Replays show that he never uttered a word, yet official Joey Crawford apparently decided it was worthy of another technical foul, resulting in an ejection from the game.
After the game, Duncan recounted his conversation with Crawford after he was called for his second technical foul. “He looked at me and said, ‘Do you want to fight? Do you want to fight? If he wants to fight, we can fight. I don’t have any problem with him, but we can do it if he wants to. I have no reason why in the middle of a game he would yell at me, ‘Do you want to fight?”‘
Look at the video below, and see for yourself. The whole thing happens in real time around the 20 second mark, and the replay which shows Duncan throughout the entire play is at the 1:30 mark. He doesn’t say a word or do anything at all that would warrant a technical foul.