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Referee Joe DeRosa suspended for tossing ball to fan

May 20, 2010, 6:31 PM EDT

At halftime of Game 2 in the Celtics/Magic series, referee Joe DeRosa walked over to the scorer’s table to pick up the crew’s jackets, found a heckler waiting for him there and at one point tossed the guy the ball.

Turns out, that’s enough to get you suspended.

DeRosa has been suspended from the next game he was to work, it was announced by Ron Johnson, NBA Senior Vice President, Referee Operations.

The NBA investigated the situation, and we don’t know what was said. What we do know is that, unlike was reported before, the heckler was not ejected from the arena by DeRosa. Not really sure that tossing a ball to a fan should earn a suspension, but that’s the call.

Bottom line is the league doesn’t want its referees reacting to hecklers under any circumstances. Not even Jack Nicholson — YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH.

  1. Tex - May 20, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Too bad the government hasn’t suspended Amway from the MLM “game.” After all, Amway has ripped off millions of people for several decades, to the tune of 10s of billions of dollars. Read about it on this website: http://thenetprofitgroup.yolasite.com and forward the information to everyone you know, so they don’t get scammed.
    Amway is a scam, and here’s why: Amway pays out as little money as they can get away with, so they support the higher level IBOs ripping off their downline via the tool scam.
    As a result, about 99% of IBOs operate at a net loss, while the top 1% make several TIMES more from their Amway tool scam than from the Amway products. This was made illegal in the UK in 2008, but our FTC is unable to pull their heads out of their butts to stop it here.

  2. Tex - May 20, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Too bad the government hasn’t suspended Amway from the MLM “game.” After all, Amway has ripped off millions of people for several decades, to the tune of 10s of billions of dollars. Read about it on this website: http://thenetprofitgroup.yolasite.com and forward the information to everyone you know, so they don’t get scammed.
    Amway is a scam, and here’s why: Amway pays out as little money as they can get away with, so they support the higher level IBOs ripping off their downline via the tool scam.
    As a result, about 99% of IBOs operate at a net loss, while the top 1% make several TIMES more from their Amway tool scam than from the Amway products. This was made illegal in the UK in 2008, but our FTC is unable to pull their heads out of their butts to stop it here.

  3. CDS - May 20, 2010 at 11:40 PM

    Looks like Tex and the heckler have something in common…no class. This is sports post…not a rant. Tex must really hate the Magic as well…since their home court is Amway Arena.
    Life is too short to be so angry.

  4. Rod - May 21, 2010 at 12:54 AM

    Boy, Stern must really be desperate for things to do…suspending a ref for “tossing” a ball to a fan. If he “threw” it at him, that would be one thing but there must be some weird legislating going on in NYC and makes that a punishable offense. Maybe if they paid more attention to things that really matter, the NBA wouldn’t suck so bad.

  5. Steve - May 21, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    It certainly doesn’t help that the idiot headline writer over at MSNBC.com, which provides a link to this story wrote “Ref suspended for throwing ball at fan in Orlando” which sounds a lot more heinous than what actually occurred. Put the outrageous headline on the front to get people to read the story in the back…MSNBC is the new National Enquirer!

  6. ScottNY - May 21, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    So if the fan had a basketball with him like baseball fans bring gloves, and he threw it at the ref. What do you think would have happened? He deserved to get suspended. If the fan was going overboard with his heckling, then the ref should have alerted security.

  7. mikeo - May 21, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    The real classless part is that the ref tried to immediately alert security to get the guy kicked out.So instead of a playful back and forth, it showed his premeditated intent. Kinda like they call games.

  8. Dave Carver - May 21, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    I love Amway, how about a bottle of LOC sudsy soap to get your day started? Anyway, other than the angry, pyramid hating loser, it seems a bit much to suspend a ref for tossing a ball. If everyone could hear what some of these classless, dirtballs yell at these games, they are the ones that should be “suspended”.

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