Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  22 responses

NBA Investigating Ref/Fan Game 2 Incident

Joe DeRosa could find himself in some hot water from the League following the bizarre halftime confrontation between the ref and an Orlando Magic fan. From the AP: “DeRosa was walking to the scorer’s table to get the warm-up jackets for his crew, a common practice before the trio of referees leave the floor at intermission. A fan behind the table approached DeRosa, gesturing with his arms and appearing to be shouting at the veteran official. DeRosa flipped the game ball to the fan, who tossed it back. DeRosa then motioned for the man to be ejected by security. The NBA had no immediate comment, other than saying it was reviewing the matter.”

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  • FreshnessMan


  • FreshnessMan

    but really, i dont see the big deal

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    it’s a shame the guy’s reflexes were good enough to catch the ball. he’d probably get a check if he had let the ball hit him in the face.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Why did he give the fan the ball at all? And did he flip it to him or did he toss or throw it at him? Why do the refs constantly get in trouble? Cant they just call a fair game?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    He should have kept the ball.

  • http://www.twiter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    He two-hand tossed it to him, but there was no reason for him to. Then the guy throws the ball back and DeRosa asked for him to be tossed. It was stupid on his part to throw the ball AND stupid of him to have the guy tossed. But I don’t think he should be suspended, just give the fan tix and a plane ride to Boston… CUZ THAT WAS THE LAST GAME IN ORLANDO!!! LOL.

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    how much more? nba refs are pretty bad. anybody catch how vince carter earned his T? what is it with nba refs and their power trips?

  • LA Huey

    P0W-er TRIP.

  • DS44

    Suspend him,do him like the refs do Sheed.

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    but yea. refs can now (try to) eject fans from the stadium cause of some harsh words?

  • Tommy Patron

    Boy, the refs sure made that game fun last night. How long did it last, again? It was like watching a baseball game.

  • Ronald

    @davidR: Actually, both refs and players have the ability to get someone tossed out of the game. All they have to do is supposedly point and tell a guard.

  • MikeC.

    I don’t know what the fan said to get DeRosa so heated, but the ball tossing shouldn’t have gotten the fan tossed. DeRosa tossed the fan the ball. What was the fan supposed to do? Keep it?

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    DeRosa shoulda gotten tossed.

  • unrel

    we don’t even know what the fan was saying to the ref.. it’s not like it was just a fan that was sitting in the front row.. the fan approached the scorers table and was yelling.. refs are in a lose lose situation.. i ref’d a church league.. and was choked from behind by a parent.. so i feel for the refs.. but he still shouldn’t have tossed the ball at the fan..

  • http://Twitter.com/pdxgaybball Dma

    Maybe if the refs did their job and actually used their whistles this wouldn’t have happened. ref-gate 2010

  • onlyclipsfanonslam

    1. Fans, even though they think so, do not have the right to do whatever they want because they pay for tickets.
    2. Derosa should have given a warning: “Shut up or your out,” I didn’t recall anything like this.
    3. Derosa threw the ball at the fan; just like the fans don’t have the right to throw something at refs/players/coaches there can’t be a double standard, and fans have to be “protected” as well.

    To me Derosa screwed up twice, especially when they deal with situations like this every single game. He deserves some sort of punishment; heck it should be embarrassing to Stern that someone that is supposed to be respected on the court acted immaturely.

  • Robb

    Derosa really sucked yesterday.

  • MikeC.

    I can’t wait until NY stops sucking and makes the playoffs so I can conjure up enough passion to care about the refs again.

  • http://www.nba.com/2010/news/05/20/derosa.suspended/index.html?rss=true Tommy Patron

    Wow! They actually suspended him!

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  • aL

    wierd thing to happen..haha..they coulda just played volleyball with it..haha