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Nate Robinson ejected for takedown of Lance Stephenson (VIDEO)

Mar 24, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

Late in the third quarter of a tight game between the Bulls and the Pacers on Saturday, Lance Stephenson got ahead of the pack on a fast break.

Nate Robinson, wanting to make Stephenson earn those points at the free throw line as opposed to getting an uncontested dunk, caught up with him, and grabbed him from behind with both hands around the shoulders and neck area, causing Stephenson to fall awkwardly to the ground.

The right call was made by the officials; the play (seen at about the 30-second mark in the video clip above) was ruled a flagrant-two foul, and Robinson was ejected from the game.

The league should really make this a point of emphasis with its teams, because saving two points isn’t worth risking the health of a player over multiple games. While Robinson’s intent was likely only to prevent the easy bucket, the play he made was a dangerous one.

  1. money2long - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    and the miami heat consequently send a check to mr. robinson’s account.

  2. dirtydavis - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    This guy is garbage..

  3. decimusprime - Mar 24, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    How else is an 8th grader supposed to stop a man from dunking, let alone anything else?

  4. michaeljordanseviltwin - Mar 24, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    I’ve never been a Nate Robinson fan but this wasn’t a flagrant-2. It’s clearly a hard foul, flagrant 1 probably, but should a guy be ejected for wrapping a guy up to prevent an easy basket? There isn’t a hint of anything dirty about the play… which is typically the reasoning behind a flagrant-2. Oh well… Bulls are slumping big time.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Nate is so bush league in so many ways that it disgusts me.

  6. eagles512 - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Nothing but a punk

  7. monsterofyourgirlsmidway - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    look at all you haters. none of us could do what nate does on the basketball court @ 5’7″.

  8. shwoogy1 - Mar 24, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Stevenson flopped and rolled around on the floor looking like he got shot. This was a flagrant 1. Nothing more. Again he is a tiny dude trying to stop a giant.

  9. dko83 - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    Agree with these last two dudes. It’s a typical try to stop a fast break flagrant 1.

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