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Carlos Boozer accidentally punches referee below the belt (VIDEO)

Mar 31, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

This looked at lot worse than it was.

After converting a shot in the lane and drawing a foul call on Dirk Nowitzki, Carlos Boozer was excited. So excited, in fact, that he failed to notice referee Danny Crawford standing right next to him.

Boozer went for the celebratory fist pump, which ended up accidentally punching Crawford squarely below the belt.

Thankfully Crawford was fine, and laughed it off immediately afterward. Boozer obviously didn’t mean to do it, but you have to wonder if a less seasoned official may have written the play off as quickly.

Crawford, who has been in the league as an official since the 1984-85 season, has enough experience to know how to handle an unintentional play like this.

  1. money2long - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    hilarious

  2. savvybynature - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Even Thibs looked like he almost smiled. Almost. For about 0.5 seconds. Then he remembered he was Thibs.

    • LilTmac2003 - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      Lmaooooo. +1 for you, Sir.

  3. doctordunkenstein - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    The red turned around and said “I’m too strong for that Booz Booz”

  4. mydoghasfleez - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Made Ron Artest’s heart go pitty-pat.

  5. eventhorizon04 - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Different angle shows Boozer hit him in the thigh – not in the “sensitive area” – hence the smiles.

    But yeah – Boozer has had an interest year. Funny stuff.

  6. michaeljordanseviltwin - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    The league will review the play and possibly upgrade it to a flagrant 1.

  7. michaeljordanseviltwin - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    For a second there I thought it was Eddie Rush getting socked again. And if you don’t know, search YouTube for ‘Paul Pierce celebrates an And-1 by punching Eddie Rush in the jaw’

  8. 00maltliquor - Mar 31, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    That miiight be the funniest $ h!t I’ve ever seen in the NBA!

    In no particular order…
    -Nick Van Exel shoving the ref over the scorers table
    -Shaq’s curse-laded post-game interview on live tv “Shaq, we’re live…” “I don’t give a s…”
    -Ron Artest’s “Say Queensbridge” or his “I would like to thank my therapist…”
    -Blake Griffin/Timofey Mozgov massacre
    -DeAndre Jordan/Brandon Knight demolition
    -Joey Crawford’s excessive overacting of a foul
    -that one ref trying to block a free throw
    -Allen Iverson’s “practice…” rant
    -Charles Barkley/Shaq fiasco
    -Chris Childs’ two-piece and a buscuit on a young Kobe
    -Sam Cassell’s “donkey balls” act
    -LeBron flying OVER John Lucas III

    I’m sure there’s many,many more suuuper funny instances, but those are what come to mind off the top…..what say you?…..

  9. stayhigh_247 - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Carlos ” Hey Danny, remember that bad call you made in the 08 playoffs?”

    Danny ” yeah why?”

    Carlos ” I do too, take this with ya!”

  10. manchestermiracle - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Not a problem for NBA refs because they have no balls….

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