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Norris Cole, Jeff Pendergraph, Flo Rida’s manager ejected from Game 7 (video)

Jun 3, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT

With Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals long decided and the bench players running out final moments of the Heat’s win over the Pacers, Norris Cole and Jeff Pendergraph were ejected.

Pendergraph shoved Cole as Cole attempted to fight through a Pendergraph screen, and both postured at each other to indicate they weren’t afraid of throwing down. Unless Cole said something, it didn’t appear he did anything to warrant an ejection. Must he immediately retreat once Pendergraph pushes him? I don’t think that’s a fair standard.

More likely, the officials just wanted to prevent a clearly frustrated Pacers team from escalating the problem and diffused the situation by ejecting both players.

As the players waited for the referees to sort out the problem, Pendergraph started jawing with Flo Rida’s manager, according to Craig Sager. The manager was ejected from the arena, and Flo Rida ensured he left in a timely fashion, Sager said.

  1. nygrwy - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Why is it so many NBA players keep their hands to theirs sides when they are getting ready to throw…..

    • anhdazman - Jun 4, 2013 at 1:04 AM

      Because you bring them up to a fighting position it’s always going to be an ejection. You trash talk, it’s probably only going to be a T.

      This is basketball, not UFC or MMA.

      On that note, a double T should have been sent to both players, not an ejection. No punches thrown. No extra contact after the foul called.

      • jevans6525 - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        If the NBA had any gonads they would review this and remove the Technical Foul (much less ejection) from Cole, just like they did from Hansbrough from game 5. What galls me is that Spoelstra asked the ref Kenny Mauer why Cole was ejected. Mauer basically lied and told Coach that Cole was ejected because he had brought his hands up with fists clenched. Even if fists were clenched, he did not bring his hands up like a boxer, never did the other guy for that matter but he did the pushing so no defense for that. What do they expect these guys to do when some confronts them? Always easier to take the cowardly way out IMHO.

    • nbascreed - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:01 AM

      There was about 5 feet of space b/t them when they squared off. Bones, Money or Iron Mike wouldn’t have had their guard up either.

  2. badintent - Jun 4, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Ah yes. Mr.Pendergraph used the Hansbough method( as taught by D. West ) of smacking a much smaller player on a screen or board position(although Tyler made the mistake of picking on a larger man than him in Anderson) .Which no doubt , Mr Rida ‘s manager pointed out to said Pendergraph.Punkass ball. Pacers,Try having an offense that can actually score more points than Duke or NC State in a game. It would be a good start, this being the NBA and all.Scarcasm.

  3. sloiggles - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    The NBA is going to make sure 100% of the time to prevent another situation like Auburn Hills in games that are long decided. And with a fan again getting involved you can see exactly how and why the NBA is leery about these types of altercations. Remove the parties involved and send a stern (pun intended) warning to all coaches, players, and fans that any escalation results in immediate ejection. Cole won’t face any suspension for the Finals, nor should he, but you just can’t take a chance in these situations.

  4. hehateme2 - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Cole got jobbed. He did nothing to deserve to be thrown out. I guess this was for the whiny pacers fans.

    • bgarrityirb - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      you’re right, and frankly neither did pendergraph. BUT the game was over at that point, it wasn’t going to affect the game, and wouldn’t you rather that happen than the refs do nothing until cole swings at him and does get suspended for game 1. Pretty innocuous play overall.

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