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NBA official sues reporter over tweet

Posted on: March 15, 2011 10:12 am
Edited on: March 15, 2011 11:45 am
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Posted by Royce Young

NBA officials are used to hearing insults and "critiques" of their work. It's part of the job. But don't tweet it, especially if it's about Bill Spooner.

Spooner and the NBA have filed for damages in excess of $75,000 against AP reporter Jon Krawczynski of Minnesota for a tweet he posted during the Timberwolves Jan. 24 game against the Rockets.

Krawczynski tweeted,
"Ref Bill Spooner told Rambis he'd 'get it back' after a bad call. Then he made an even worse call on Rockets. That's NBA officiating folks."

What really happened, according to Spooner, is that after a questionable call early in the second quarter, Kurt Rambis gave Spooner an earful about the call. Spooner promised Rambis he'd take a look at the play in question and review it at the half. Rambis snidely asked how he'd get the points back though. Spooner says he didn't respond to that.

Spooner called the tweet defamatory, but the AP and the reporter have refused to remove or retract it. Spooner has been an NBA official for 22 years.

Obviously the NBA is sensitive about these sort of accusations because of the Tim Donaghy situation, so you can't blame Spooner. A tweet claiming he would get Minnesota their points back basically says he shouldn't be officiating NBA games. If he's not going to call it fair, he should be removed. That's why he took so much offense to it. It's a hearty accusation to make. It's one thing to think it, but to publish it is another.

Now of course, the reporter in question is standing behind what he heard so it's obviously possible that's exactly what happened. But still, that's not something you flippantly throw out there. The NBA investigated Spooner following the tweet and didn't find anything against him. But as an official that's never really had an incident, I'm sure Spooner didn't like it. Hench the suing.
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Comments

Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:38 pm
 

NBA official sues reporter over tweet

It makes me wonder who would win a WWF match between Super Fly Snuka and Macho Man Savage.  The NBA is fixed and a joke.



Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:18 pm
 

NBA official sues reporter over tweet

Here's my random comment - it's much like NBA rules and officiating.



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:17 pm
 

NBA official sues reporter over tweet

So what if he did a 'make-up' call. I have no moral objection with that. A bad call to balance out a bad call seems pretty fair. Yes, 2 wrongs can make it a right in these scenarios.


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Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:10 pm
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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:03 pm
 

NBA official sues reporter over tweet

Awesome. This means the defense attorneys can call out NBA officiating and Stern can't fine anyone! Let's see evidence of just how corrupt and / or inept they really are. That's exactly what the league needs before a lockout wipes them off the face of the globe.




Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:00 pm
 

NBA official sues reporter over tweet

Anybody buying Spooner's b.s.?  I'm not.  I would believe 100% of the reporter's tweet before I would trust a word that came from the mouth of an NBA official, thats for sure!



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 11:58 am
 

NBA official sues reporter over tweet

Hey Spooner and NBA....

YOUR OFFICIATING SUCKS!! You miss calls, and flagrantly make bad calls that cost teams game.  This kind of behavior goes right in line with FIXING games. 

You gonna sue me now?!?


Thin-skinned wussy.



Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2011 11:55 am
 

NBA official sues reporter over tweet

Spooner looks a little like The Church Lady.  No ref would ever do a make up call.  Right.



Since: Apr 30, 2009
Posted on: March 15, 2011 11:54 am
 

NBA official sues reporter over tweet

This just in.... readers sues CBS to get back the time he wasted on this nonstory.



Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2011 11:51 am
 

NBA official sues reporter over tweet

Rabbit ears, or I guess in this case rabbit eyes, after the fact.  Who cares what some dorky reporter tweets, if the ref just went about his business this would have just fallen into the black hole that is the internet.  Now, it's a national news item.  Have fun putting this genie back in the bottle, you hear worse from the stands every game, this was the wrong place to draw a line in the sand.


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