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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist knocks a referee down during incident between Anthony Davis and Byron Mullens

Nov 10, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

Late in the second quarter of the Hornets’ win over the Bobcats on Friday, Anthony Davis and Byron Mullens got tangled up. There was some pushing and shoving to go along with the requisite showing of bravado, before the referees stepped in and the two had to be separated.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist then came over to intervene, in what you’d hope was an attempt to calm rather than inflame the situation. But the official was already there, so MKG ended up running him over, which sent the ref tumbling to the ground.

There’s no guarantee Kidd-Gilchrist will be suspended for the contact; the rule book only specifies an automatic one-game suspension for  making “intentional” contact with an official, and in this case, that’s going to be subjective.

If the league determines that the contact came as a result of Kidd-Gilchrist ignoring the fact that the referee was handling things to needlessly interject himself, then the suspension may come down anyway just to send a message.

Rookies, man.

  1. dgforreal - Nov 10, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Some sort of discipline should be given to the guy. Seeing as how he went for an opposing player instead of his own player, I don’t think he was trying to calm the situation.

    • bobcatsfan14 - Nov 10, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      he was trying to calm anthony davis down…thats his BEST FRIEND…why would he try to fight him? MKG doesnt deserve a suspension for this clearly was trying to be the peacemaker

    • cptjackswolows - Nov 10, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      -.- they played last season in kentucky together

    • drunkenjunk - Nov 10, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      the opposing player was his college teammate and friend, pretty sure he was trying to calm the situation.

  2. ihavenonickname - Nov 10, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    dude great point, that should have been pointed out in the article… although it might not matter for the leagues ruling. It looks like a total accident, but again that might not matter to the league.

  3. brutl - Nov 10, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Look at his hands, read the lips
    He’s just tellin AD to stop no need for a suspsension

  4. eugenesaxe - Nov 10, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    The refs get paid to deal with such situations, players get paid to stay away.

  5. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects - Nov 11, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    worst article i’ve read on this site in a long time. mkg wasn’t involved, and this news was news 3 days ago…and the most news-worthy thing about it was anthony davis acting like a d!ck while getting whistles blown for him like d-wade.

    but it wouldn’t make sense for me to point out that kidd-gilcrest is having a sensational season. that would be irrational.

    • paulydefense - Nov 11, 2012 at 3:17 AM

      How can this be three days old when the game just happened yesterday?

    • cmehustle - Nov 11, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      Dude, what the hell are you talking about?? Did you even read the article at all?

  6. nokoolaidcowboy - Nov 11, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    Ref took a hard spill. Look for Refs to wear NBA approved Basketball Helmets to prevent referee concussions.

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