Friday, May 21st, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  8 responses

Ref Joe DeRosa Suspended for One Game

Note to all you other refs out there: it’s not a particularly good idea to toss basketballs at fans. The League will not take it lightly, as Joe DeRosa found out following Game 2 of the ECF: “The NBA announced Thursday that referee Joe DeRosa will be suspended one game following an incident with a fan in Orlando during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. DeRosa, a longtime official and crew chief, will miss the next game he was scheduled to work. The incident occurred at halftime when DeRosa walked to the scorer’s table with fellow refs Marc Davis and Bill Kennedy. Several Orlando fans were getting on the officials, including Wyndham Vacation Ownership CEO Franz Hanning who walked up to the table to yell at DeRosa. The ref responded by tossing the game ball to Hanning, who tossed it back. The NBA said that Hanning was not ejected from the game, as had been reported.”

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  • Fadeaway

    Good! He should get suspended and fined, that’s what the NBA would’ve done if a player did that. Who does he think he is anyway. Lol. Watch players copy him and use him as a reason for why they did it. lol. prolly not but still.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    My thing is, would the NBA even care if the dude wasn’t “Wyndham Vacation Ownership CEO Franz Hanning”, whatever the hell that means? If it was just you or me, we woulda been hauled off to jail just for getting that close to the ref. I’m just saying.

  • http://www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com Tarzan Cooper

    Ref should have got 3 games, bs

  • http://www.motherjones.com AndTheJellosJigglin

    Sure he will be suspended without pay, but it has nowhere near the impact of suspending a player for a game. Heck maybe be wanted the day off. He should have been fined or had to work a game for no pay.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    lol, the fan who tossed the ball back at the ref (in a non violent way) was escorted out of the arena immediately too! What’s he supposed to do, steal the ball?

  • http://www.motherjones.com AndTheJellosJigglin

    Thats not true tealish, did you even read the post??

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    I had skimmed it, but I watched the guy being escorted out on TV. Maybe they brought him back afterwards.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Over reacted.. The ref didnt throw the ball hard at the fan. seemed to be a playful (under-handed?) toss.. players sometimes interact with fans for fun. (Bron taking some kid’s popcorn) I dont think its a big deal. should be non story.