Monday, May 9th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  12 responses

Ref Bennett Salvatore Admits Gaffe on Inadvertent Whistle

Salvatore acknowledged that he blew it (pun intended) in Atlanta last night, by failing to call a foul when he should have. From the AP: “With 2 1/2 minutes remaining and the Hawks leading 90-84, Bulls star Derrick Rose went up for a shot beyond the 3-point stripe and appeared to be fouled by Jamal Crawford. Salvatore blew his whistle, but ruled he had done it inadvertently. That led to a jump ball, which Atlanta’s Josh Smith tapped away from Joakim Noah. The Hawks scored on that possession to essentially finish off the Bulls. ‘An inadvertent whistle is when a referee blows a whistle and didn’t mean to,’ Salvatore said. ‘That’s exactly what happened. I blew my whistle and didn’t mean to. I didn’t think it was a foul.’ Bennett changed his opinion after watching a replay. ‘It was a foul and I should have called it,’ he said. ‘I made a mistake.’”

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  • Riggs

    doesnt exactly help much now does it benny?

  • Fitzy

    Props for havin the peaches to admit it. Takes a man to admit he was wrong

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    ^^co-sign Fitzy. Good for Bennett.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Glad he admitted his mistake. But I still think he’s the second worst ref in the league behind Violet Palmer.

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

    at least it didn’t affect the game’s outcome.

    oh, wait…

  • angus

    d-rose got hit alot towards the end of the game with no whistle, this is a good series and im glad its going to be a long one but im starting to think im not the only one who wants this to be a long series…..

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Might have made a difference. Might not have. It could have swung the momentum in the Bulls’ favor.
    Ultimately though, the Hawks just played better last night and deserved the W.

  • robb

    he farted

  • Heals

    Bennett adding to his youtube legacy one bad whistle at a time…

  • kingrichard

    Now he needs to appologize for the 2006 Finals.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    This just in – Portland didn’t mean to draft Greg Oden, they MEANT to say Kevin Durant…. can we back track and go again?