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Tim Duncan comments on Halloween photo where he appears to be threatening referee Joey Crawford

Dec 6, 2012, 8:50 PM EDT


Tim Duncan is unquestionably one of the greatest basketball players of his generation, but he’s also a private person who has no interest in showing anything resembling a personality to anyone outside of his close inner circle.

Some of that personality was leaked to the general public, however, in the form of a photo that began making its rounds in the past couple of weeks.

The picture is from a private Halloween party attended by Spurs players, and it shows a menacing Duncan and teammate Tony Parker appearing to threaten a person in a Joey Crawford costume. This is hilarious, of course, considering Crawford’s history with Duncan in particular, specifically if you recall the 2007 incident where Crawford supposedly challenged Duncan to a fight after appearing to eject him from a game for nothing more than laughing while on the bench.

Apparently, media covering the Spurs has been asking for a comment about the photo, and they finally received it Thursday from an exasperated Duncan, who seemingly couldn’t understand why he was being bothered with such nonsense.

From Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News:

“It’s this day and age,” Duncan said. “It was a Halloween party in a private atmosphere. We were having fun. There was nothing to it. But this day and age, people want to blow things into something more than it is. Hopefully it’s gone and whatever is whatever.”

The photo, taken at a large Halloween party, began circulating last weekend via various message boards and the popular sports website Deadspin. The national and local media picked up on it not long after, prompting official no comments from the Spurs and the NBA.

The picture indeed appears to show Duncan “having fun” as he says, even though his comments and actions make him seem like the most joyless person on the planet.

Hey, at least he didn’t give the finger to the person who asked the question. Maybe we’re making some progress.

  1. eureca323 - Dec 6, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    LOL at the picture. Is my only thought about this story.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    I loved it.

  3. timb12 - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Duncan doesn’t look like he’s having fun….but that’s probably what his fun face looks like.

  4. ProjectDoubleGuns - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Reblogged this on Double Guns.

  5. savvybynature - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Really? Duncan “appears to be threatening referee Joey Crawford” in the picture? He appears to be messing around and having fun at a Halloween party to me.

    And Joey Crawford “appeared to eject” Duncan for laughing? It’s well known and obvious from the footage that that’s what happened.

    Between this and being seemingly the only person on the planet that thought Stern’s fine of the Spurs for protecting their players was a great idea, it seems Brett is not a big fan of the Big Fundamental or the Spurs in general.

  6. lemfaxx - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:38 PM


  7. nbascreed - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Whoever was at the party and leaked this photo is pretty weak. Reminds me of the person who leaked the Phelps photo. Some people are so lame.

  8. nepo784 - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    F#ck Crawford

  9. kelsey412 - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    What laughs. If this was a picture of 2 white players and a black ref all hell would break out. Double standard. This picture is not right and not funny

    • eventhorizon04 - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:12 PM

      I was about to say, while I found it funny, having that rope hanging from the ceiling probably would have caused an uproar if the races involved were reversed (i.e., a white player “menacing” a black referee with a rope hanging from a ceiling nearby).

      • scalfor3 - Dec 7, 2012 at 12:12 AM

        you’re not wrong, but there is a legit reason for what your talking about.

      • skids003 - Dec 7, 2012 at 7:57 AM

        Has anyone interviewed Crawford to see if he is offended?

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 7, 2012 at 7:14 AM


    • teambringitstrong - Dec 7, 2012 at 8:50 AM

      Ah, white guilt…………………………..

  10. jcmeyer10 - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Why we gotta go racial? It was a funny picture and quite frankly didn’t even notice the noose.

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