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Bill Spooner might be a little sensitive

RedsArmyAdmin March 15, 2011 Uncategorized 4 Comments

Bill spoonerNBA officials take a lot of heat.  Sometimes they deserve it, sometimes they don't. 

Right now, Bill Spooner, the fine gentleman you see on the right, deserves some heat.  And here's why:

Bill Spooner said he has "honestly" refereed NBA games for 22 years, but was investigated by the league after AP writer Jon Krawczynski posted a message on social networking site Twitter.com during the Jan. 24 Timberwolves game against the Houston Rockets at the Target Center.

According to his suit, the Oak Park, Cali. referee called a Minnesota player for a foul at 10:22 in the second period and got an earful from Rambis.

After promising to review the call at the half, Spooner said Rambis asked him how he would get the points back.

Spooner said he didn't respond to the comment, but Krawczynski soon after tweeted: "Ref Bill Spooner told Rambis he'd "get it back" after a bad call. Then he made an even worse call on Rockets. That's NBA officiating folks."

One of two things is happening here… and neither of them is worthy of a lawsuit:

1: Krawczynski mis-heard the exchange but doesn't realize it.  That's certainly possible.  And he'll swear he heard what he heard just like people who witness a crime will swear they saw what they saw… yet its been proven that some people will have different accounts of what happened.

2:  It went down exactly as tweeted… which means an NBA ref blew a call, then made a make up call.  Whoa… stop the presses.  It's not an ideal system, but I actually can understand a ref who blows the whistle, makes a call and then thinks to himself "ah crap, I shoulda let that go."  So the only way to "atone" for that is to even it out on the other end. 

Either one of those is entire possible.  But Spooner is going overboard… even IF one of his bosses questioned him on it.  This is one of those "methinks the referee doth protest too much" moments.  For Chrissakes, the guy references the Tim Donaghy scandal in the complaint.  Easy there buddy… no one is comparing a make-up call to the Donaghy scandal.

Except for you, of course.  And why a ref would willingly lump himself into that… even if its an effort to distance himself from it… is beyond me.

Ease up, Spooner.  No one gave a crap about the tweet until you turned it into a lawsuit.  It's too bad you didn't have someone around to let you know "ref sues over a tweet" is a bazillion times juicier than "reporter tweets about blown call."  You've just made it infinitely worse for yourself.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/ggammill Ggammill

    I hate the idea of refs giving make up calls. I’d rather the ref acknowledge the mistake and focus on calling a better game. It is like the saying “two wrongs don’t make a right”.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/licktheglassitol Classless

    NBA officials are such hypocrites. They won’t talk to the media all year long, yet when one of them is called out in the media he reacts like this. Sorry, can’t have it both ways.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jrutkowski34 Jared

    Sorry to disagree but I have to say it. Make-Up Calls are completely unacceptable. IF this is true, this ref should be fired immediately. The game of basketball deserves better than this. It is an awesome game when played and officiated with integrity, by the rules. I fully expect the NBA to take swift action on these issues. Anything less than dismissal of those who fuck with the rules of the game will quickly turn the NBA into a WWE action-entertainment farce, which it already is far too close to becoming.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f73aaaa970c AboveTheRim

    Make-up Calls are part of the problem with NBA Officiating. On the surface, it seems fair, kind of an eye-for-an-eye justice system but when you’re watching and the whistle blows at a clear non-foul, it’s incredibly irritating and makes the league look like a joke.
    Just call it like it is. No Superstar Fouls/treatement. No doling out questionable fouls to the bench guys instead of starters. No make-up calls. No balancing out the fouls so it looks “even” in a box score.
    Call it like it is.