Monday, May 2nd, 2011 at 11:00 am  |  40 responses

Ref: Paul Pierce Was Ejected Because of ‘Verbal Taunt’

Pierce’s wildly controversial ejection yesterday was caused by whatever it is he happened to say to Dwyane Wade in the heat of the moment, explains the man who tossed him out of Game 1. From CBS Sports: “Q: What did Paul Pierce do to merit the 2nd technical with 7:00 remaining? [Dan] Crawford: ‘It’s what we call a verbal taunt. He directed profanity towards (Dwyane) Wade. And in the rulebook, that is a verbal taunt. And it just so happened to be Pierce’s second technical foul.’ Q: What did Pierce do for the technical after the (James) Jones foul with 7:59 left? Crawford: ‘The first technical foul, it was contact during a dead ball. He approached Jones and got right in his face. There wasn’t a head-butt, but he got right into his face after a hard foul.’ Q: Why did Jones merit a technical with 7:59 remaining? Crawford: ‘We just looked at that. It was Jones’ hard foul that pretty much precipitated Paul doing what he did. The technical foul on Jones will probably be looked at. He didn’t do as much as we thought. We thought he got in and became aggressive or initiated. But after looking at video, that’s something that we’ll have to look at again.’”

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  • RunNGun

    We just need an all out brawl like the infamous Pistons/Pacers game at the Palace, right Jermaine?

  • JTaylor21

    Sensitive thug needs a hug.

  • Ali

    He directed profanity towards him?! GTFOH! That is some str-8 up b.s. The P*ssyfication of The Association at it’s finest!, where you can’t even tell someone “F*** YOU MAN” on the basketball court. This is ridiculous.

  • the truth

    Weak ass techs, but Jones definitely didn’t deserve one

  • RunNGun

    Next time, Paul should flash the blood sign. LOL

  • Aaron

    Wade is the man. He gave it to Pierce on that screen. Just checked him and kept walking towards him. Pierce crumbles in the face of a real champion. Throws tantrums when he doesn’t get his way.

  • AD

    Paul is gonna drop 40 on em net game with a win back to boston…..

  • Yesse

    Give me a break, it’s the damn playoffs.

  • oinestep

    Boston lost their head this game…….Miami got the best of the them mentally…….you would think it be the complete opposite since they are the veteran team

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Jones should have got a flagrant not a technical if they were going to call Jermaine O’Neal’s bump a flagrant and reward Jones for the flop.

  • Lol

    yo yo yo. The heat better win the next game because when SHAQ comes back for game 3, celtics will win every single game from then on.

    Letz not make it celtics 4-1 instead of 4-2 otherwise that would be horrible compared to lebron winning 2 games by himself last year! hahahahha

  • robb

    sh*tty calls. I hate Pierce and the Celtics (not Ray Allen tough) but JC, this is a man’s sport, these guys are competitors of the highest caliber, giving a tech for verbal taunts is ridiculous, this is not the elementary school, c’mon.

  • http://slamonline.com Ghost

    @paulpierce34 I told Wade I will **** his mom like how my man D. West did his mans. Thats why I got ejected.

  • 1982

    I hate the refs. I absolutely cannot stand people who change important games (not saying with PP they would have won) because they want to show how big their cajones are behind those whistles. But this isn’t your game – you’re a guy reffing an important match. Call hard fouls, ignore travels, and let the players play. I’m sure PP said something profane – I’m also sure that the first verbal taunt didn’t come with 7 minutes left in the 4th quarter. Either call all of them, or shove that whistle down your throat.

  • Ali

    Hahaha….@ Ghost, ain’t Wade from the So. Side of Chi-Town? Now those are fighting words, foe sho! I’d take a game susp. like Anthony Mason and give somebody a 2 piece to the grill over that, Hahahah…..

  • cramzy

    I’m a heat fan, but i have to admit there were some ridiculous calls and non-calls yesterday. Jermaine getting a flagrant for a bump but no call on Jones coming over the top of Paul’s head? And verbal taunt? profanity? word?… I want the Heat to win but don’t give it to them. The refereeing and the overreactions from the players make the game difficult to watch.

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    The NBA where Amazing shi….happens but doesn’t get said.


    LOL at RunEnigmatic! SMH

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    I’m glad a Heat fan can admit how biased the refereeing was. I want this series to be a test of grit and determination, not who the refs are feeling.

  • http://dsjkflf.com Jukai

    Like Cramzy, I’m rooting for the Heat and yeah, the refs helped them like mad.
    Unlike Cramzy, I don’t give a damn how they win, so I was still happy.

  • Joe

    PP not a “true champion”? Is that a joke? This is the same guy who got stabbed and was back on the court in two weeks. The Truth is anything but soft and this ridiculous call is just ludicrous.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    There were two obvious flagrant fouls early in the game on Bron breakouts that weren’t called, so in the end, go fu*k yourselves, whiny c*nts. Sh*t happens. The Heat will be on the receiving end of sh*t calls in this series too. It always happens.

  • Cizzo

    I hate the NBA when they get their panies in a bunch… These so-called superstars need commit baskteball suicide… forreal!

  • Cizzo

    These suckas are so sensetive I’m starting to hate watching some these palyers because they display a lot of feminate tendecies… the so called league is wateredown……

  • JTaylor21

    ^Yet, you tune in every night to watch them play.
    soft a** wouldn’t last a second in a d-league practice.

  • riggs

    @Eboy: give me a f*cking break, if youre gonna be a homer fine, but dont be an incredibly stupid one.

  • Far

    Do you guys realize what he said? He actually posted it on his twitter for like 3 min before it got taken down.

    He said “I told my wade that I’d **** his mom like D West, did his mans mom. Thats why i got ejected”

    Not joking around or anything, google it. It actually makes you go oh that was kind of deserved then hahaha

  • larrylegend

    there will be blood…

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    @Eboy – true. But even you have to admit the Pierce ejection was huge. Entirely unnecessary and a huge blow to the Celtic comeback hopes in Game 1. JVG was beside himself and rightfully so!

  • littlemaster

    ‘verbal taunt’? ‘contact during a dead ball’?
    c’mo0o0n! IT”S THE PLAYOFFS!!!! hahaha!

  • flipnoyce

    PP is the exact opposite of soft if you all must know. A lil bump by DWade is not going to shake him or stop him. Cosign 1982 @12:20. If the C’s are going to lose then I want it done the right way and not some CHARITY given by a Sternbots! Profanity my ASS, I want him to officiate game 3 in Boston so he can hear it from C’s fans point of view! As a fan of basketball I want the game to be decided by the players on the court in a win or lose situation not by a damn officials.

  • JL

    that’s the worst officiating i’ve seen in a while. beginning of the game pierce was frustrated as he drove in got contact but no foul calls. that put the celtics behind and out of sync. later on james jones pulls a flagrant but is not called as such, and pierce just loses it (his fault) and got a tech like he shoulda. JJ should have gotten a flagrant. It’s quite obvious in that play. Then Jermaine gets a flagrant for a slight bump! Wow. the officiating was strictly in Miami’s favor the whole game. 18 FTs for boston and 32 for miami! wow.

  • Renex

    Punk Pierce throwin tantrums??? Finally sum’one got fed up with his act…

  • O

    If Paul really said that, that’s just hilarious. Don’t know if that warrants him being tossed though. That’s trash talk, man. I mean, what’s the chances of Paul actually banging out Wade’s mom? I hate Paul, but let’s keep it real, Wade throws just as many tantrums and gets away with them most of the time. Refs gift wrapped this win for the Miami. Maybe for money or just because they were told to. Heat and Lakers final are going to happen one way or another. I hate both teams, but that’s what it’s going to be. Rejoice Eboy, your team’s trip to the Finals is stamped and guaranteed. It’s just good for business.

  • NV

    So he’s telling everyone that a swear word warrants a tech? That means Garnett should have got like 100 in that game. That dudes full of crap. If what he’s saying is true, then why does the NBA not seem to care about the vast ammounts of trash talk? We all know that has PLENTY of foul language.

  • Ronald

    Sigh. It was obviously not just a swear word. It was a verbal taunt directed a person that included a swear word right after a physical and heated situation. The refs were right to call a tech on PP and D-Wade. Controlling volatile situations is part of the refs job. The JO flagrant on the other hand was a botched call. Barely a fall imho. But EBOY is right. If JJ’s foul deserves to be a flagrant then so is the breakaway foul by Rondo on Lebron on the break.

  • Ronald

    *foul not fall

  • dsleepy

    verbal taunt? LOL if this was called in the 90s, MJ would have been ejected from every single game. Trash talk is part of the game and these are grown a** men. since when do refs have to police that too? ridiculous.

  • Scott Filgream

    Im a heat fan and I kinda hate Paul Pierce but ejecting him for expressing what he feels is a crappy call from the refs.

  • Kazaam