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League admits Blake Griffin should not have been ejected Christmas night

Dec 26, 2013, 5:16 PM EDT

When it happened everyone — from analyst Jon Barry to the NBA Twitterverse — knew it was a bad set of calls. Blake Griffin got ejected for two technical fouls after he had two flagrant fouls committed against him. The game had gotten a little physical but the referees — led by Bill Kennedy — tried to do too much to gain control of a game that never really got out of control. That was especially true of the second incident (which you can see above) when Griffin got in a tussle with Golden State’s Andrew Bogut under the basket.

Thursday the league released this statement:

“After a league review of the Clippers-Warriors game, we have come to the conclusion that Blake Griffin should not have been ejected from the game. A common foul should have been called on Griffin for initially attempting to dislodge the Warriors’ Andrew Bogut and a technical foul should have been assessed to Bogut for grabbing Griffin by the shirt and wrestling with him.”

As for the Draymond Green elbow to Griffin’s head (which got Green ejected and led to the first technical foul for Griffin), the league didn’t comment on it but did fine Green $15,000 for “failing to leave the court in a timely manner upon his ejection.” You can’t stick around and argue. The league is big on that, even if you shouldn’t have been tossed.

  1. rickyspanish - Dec 26, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    That is bogus. Who cares if the league admits they’re wrong after the game is over? That call took LA’s second best player out of the game. Saying “whoopsy” doesn’t cut it. These officials need to be held accountable for their performances.

    Why don’t they get punished like the players do when they screw up? It’s infuriating, they make mistakes that change games and there are no consequences. Accountability is all I ask.

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 26, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      I’m with you but it’s the very nature of judgment called based sports, which means ALL sports, to make mistakes and then say whoopsy. They should just say “we f+cked up” and donate some bucks to charity.

  2. tipstopten - Dec 26, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    What a bunch of BS. If a mistake was make, let the game be voided and replayed. The Zebras cost the Clips the game, that is not fair in any one’s league. The NBA must do something to overturn this horrible mistake. The west is close and every game will and does mean something. REPLAY THE GAME.

    • bidetsfordays - Dec 26, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      The game should absolutely not be replayed and this is coming from a Clips fan. Disregarding the bad calls, we had multiple chances to tie/win the game. The Clips should use this as motivation to play better transition/perimeter D so teams aren’t knocking down 10 3s like the Warriors did, secure defensive boards since that’s ultimately why we lost, and not miss easy shots like the layup CP missed near the end of the game. Point being they dug themselves into that hole which is why we lost

  3. Wammy Giveaway - Dec 26, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    This game was rigged. R-I-G-G-E-D, wigged. The Warriors rigged the game by getting Blake Griffin involved in two scuffles to draw two technical fouls and an automatic ejection. You should see the comments that are popping in on Twitter, Bleacher Report, LA Times – everywhere. Some casual fans are anointing the Warriors as heroes for getting Griffin ejected. And the Griffin backlash has returned, with such ugly messages as “justice has been served,” “Griffin got what was coming to him,” and “sore loser.”

    If I were commissioner of the NBA, I’d hand these punishments as so:

    1. Suspensions and fines for Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut for “influencing the officials”
    2. Sanctions for the Golden State Warriors and suspension for Mark Jackson for “conspiring to eject a player”
    3. Automatic loss in the Warriors column as a penalty (Record would be 17-14)

    If I were a Clippers GM, I’d request that Griffin be suspended. With pay. That way, I could schedule visits and training with such people as Phil Jackson, Charles Barkley and Hakeem Olajuwon. And Ann Wolfe, so that she could teach him how to become a tough player within the rules of the game. It’s the perfect Karate Kid scenario (1980’s edition).

    I’m just upset at the whole thing. Really.

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 26, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      You’re mad, bro. Happy New Year!

      • Wammy Giveaway - Dec 26, 2013 at 6:14 PM

        Same here. Thanks!

  4. money2long - Dec 26, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    cousins or bogut in a fight ?

    btw, if you want to watch a cousins mix:
    mute the volume on this mix: COUSINS MIX http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYeTpU_IXXA

    and play this song in the background: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8DzY2gNMrQ

    the song matches cousin’s reputation a lot. so it flows with the mix.

    enjoy

  5. capsfan14 - Dec 26, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    The refs want the spotlight when a game is projected to garner tons of views? What else is new?

  6. indrathegod - Dec 26, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    The refs ruined the game. It does appear to most as a conspiracy. However, at what point is the play prior to the ejection acknowledged? “Don’t put yourself in a situation where the refs can decide the game.” Still horrible calls though.

  7. mackcarrington - Dec 26, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Jon Barry even cut loose on national TV and said “Daaamn”!!

  8. smcgaels1997 - Dec 26, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Please..it’s payback for the fake “And 1’s” they give this guy in a nightly basis

  9. jerdogthompson - Dec 26, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    @smcgaels1997

    First and foremost your a tool. Secondly change that name cause it’s mightily…I won’t say it

    I won’t rehash all the CORRECT comments before me. However I will say this;

    If I were a Warrior fan if be ashamed and embarrassed the refs had to help so much for them to eke out a win at home. SHAME, SHAME to those hapless fans and refs accordingly. Great win losers.

  10. jerdogthompson - Dec 26, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    @smcgaels1997

    First and foremost ur a tool. Secondly, change ur name because it’s mightily…..I won’t say

    If I were a Warrior fan I would be embarrassed and ashamed the refs had to step in and win you the game.

    Good win Losers.

  11. jerdogthompson - Dec 26, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Seems like the moderators don’t appreciate my hard hitting comments. Oh well, enjoy the win LOSERS.

  12. jerdogthompson - Dec 26, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Oh yeah by the way, smcgeals1997 your a tool.

    I’d be mightily ashamed to be a warrior fan right now. It’s pitiful the refs have to stoop so LOW and give you a win. Enjoy it Losers.

  13. mat9844 - Dec 26, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Blake vindicated ~ but for sure it cost them the game. Refs need to be held accountable for such bad calls, like points against them and making them miss games without pay.

  14. jerdogthompson - Dec 26, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    @mat

    Well called sir, well called.

  15. limonadamas - Dec 27, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    As an aside, the GSW broadcasting crew is among the most homerish, biased crews in the league. They unfortunately make watching this team on League Pass unbearable sometimes.

    • Kurt Helin - Dec 27, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      With league pass this year you can usually choose either broadcast.

    • KevinEhsani_TPB - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      Biased… Seriously? Did you even watch the Warriors broadcast? Jim Barnett and Bob Fitzgerald both agreed that Blake Griffin shouldn’t have been thrown out, because it wasn’t his fault that Draymond Green elbowed him in the face. They also quickly excoriated Green’s actions and said that he deserved to be thrown out.

      However, while they thought Griffin didn’t deserve to get thrown out, based on the rules of the league (where you receive two technicals, and get ejected), he shouldn’t be allowed to remain in the game. Based on the immediate situations that occurred, regardless of your opinion about whether Griffin deserves to stay or not, two technicals gets you thrown out. Period. That’s the rule for everyone. The same thing would have happened no matter who the players or teams were.

      Plus, if Griffin knows that he already receieved one technical, what is he doing tangling up with Bogut in the first place? They were jockeying for position to get that rebound, where Bogut was pushing him away, and for some reason Griffin decided to wrap his arms around Bogut’s body, which resulted in the pushing/grabbing and that started the whole fight.

      Griffin is just a self-serving showoff who loves to do his stupid “Lob City” shtick, with CP3 and Deandre, and anytime they face a tough, physical team like the Warriors, who ruin their game, they get pissed and start fights. Just look at the end of the game when CP3 tried to steal the ball from Bogut after the game was already done, and then Matt Barnes comes up behind and shoves him for no reason. But I don’t see you calling out any of those guys. Who’s biased now?

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