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Keith Bogans stops Leandro Barbosa from scoring by grabbing him around the neck (VIDEO)

Nov 16, 2012, 10:57 AM EDT

Late in the second half of the Nets’ win over the Celtics, Keith Bogans decided to stop Leandro Barbosa from scoring on a fast break. Not by playing actual defense, mind you, or even by attempting to make a play on the ball. No, Bogans simply grabbed Barbosa around the neck to end the play before he could score, and then tried to hold him up, presumably to avoid Barbosa being injured.

Bogans wasn’t even assessed a flagrant foul on the play, but he should have been. And he should have been thrown out of the game.

These types of plays are dangerous, and should result in a flagrant-two and an automatic ejection. Preventing uncontested layups is an understandable defensive policy for a team to enforce, but all Bogans had to do was jump up and try to block the shot attempt, which not only would have been a legitimate basketball play, but even had he committed a personal foul while doing so, would have been much less likely to cause an injury than his chosen course of action.

  1. acdc363 - Nov 16, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Yeah if that wasn’t flagrant worthy I don’t know what is

  2. scalfor3 - Nov 16, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    As a C’s fan, I thought it should’ve a flagrant 1. Looks like he just wanted to give a hard foul and not let him shoot the layup and accidentally got him higher than he planned. If there was ill intent I don’t think he would’ve held Barbosa up to break his fall. Call the flagrant, but not ejection worthy.

    • j0esixpack - Nov 16, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      Flagrant foul – no question. How does that not get called?

      Thrown out of the game?

      That depends on the message the officials want to send. By not even calling a flagrant they’re welcoming dangerous neck injuries.

      Even though I’m a Celtics fan I can appreciate it when a player is going for an intentional foul and attempting to stop even an errant shot. That doesn’t warrant being thrown out of a game.

      The flagrant foul is non-debatable – but it’s a judgement call to toss him. Either way, not a stellar performance for the officials (or the Celtics for that matter.)

    • hehateme2 - Nov 17, 2012 at 11:01 AM


  3. frobaggins - Nov 16, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    hate to be that guy, but how was rondo’s foul on wade worse than this?

    • scalfor3 - Nov 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      This was more dangerous because of the speed of the play. Rondo’s was worse because the game was already decided at that point and it wasn’t a basketball play. This looked to me like Bogans just wanted to make sure Barbosa earned them at the line, but the foul accidentally wound up too high because of the speed of the play.

      My basic take on the Rondo/Wade play was that, yes, it was a punk play, but who cares. Wade deserves a taste of his own medicine.

  4. giselleisasucubus - Nov 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    If that is KG or Rondo, no question that is a flagrant and they get tossed. The NBA must like the reputation of having the worst officials on earth, because they certainly don’t try to fix the issues.

  5. aldavis4president - Nov 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Are you ppl serious??! He fouled him and kept him from crashing down the ground. If u look at the video or the game like I waz, he grabbed him around the shoulders 1st den as barbosa jumped he bogans arms got up around his neck…as you could see no1 seemed to even care. Kicked out of the game?!?! Gimme a break!! Go look at what Zach Randolph did to Brandon rush! Same thing w.o the “arms around the throat!” (Catch) and look, he has a torn mcl/ACL ..there’s good fouls in this league ppl..take your foul but dnt let the guy come crashing down. As sum1 who played PG thru middle school HS and some college..I wish more ppl would’ve caught me crashin down after a hard foul lol

  6. hehateme2 - Nov 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Look like the clothsline tackle Rondo did to Wade a couple of weeks ago.

    What goes around comes around.

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