Mavs owner Mark Cuban calls out ref Ken Mauer: 'Suspend him, demote him'

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers wasn't the only one furious with referee Ken Mauer after the Clippers' 127-122 double-overtime loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban called for the league to punish Mauer for failing to whistle Nets swingman Bojan Bogdanovic for a blatant travel and double-dribble in the first quarter, via ESPN's Tim MacMahon.

Here's the play, via Bleacher Report:

Here's Cuban, via ESPN:

"That call? At the beginning of the game? Right in front of him?" Cuban said. "That wasn't an error in judgment.

"Refs are going to miss things because there's other things going on, but there was nothing else going on. It was the first or second play of the game, and he was standing right there."

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"This wasn't just a missed call. This was something else," Cuban said. "I don't know what it was. Sometimes it's the problem; sometimes it's the symptom of a problem. I think this is more reflective of a symptom of a problem."

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Why would Cuban care so much about a missed call in the first minute of a Nets-Clippers game?

"Because the quality of officiating matters in this game, you know?" Cuban said. "Standings are impacted. Mistakes happen. Lots of calls are hard, but not all of them. Some of them are just lack of focus and attention, and that's the one thing you should be able to avoid at all times, particularly from such an experienced ref."

Mark Cuban in Dallas
Mark Cuban is rarely shy about his opinions. USATSI

Cuban has never been shy about criticizing officials, even after being fined for it over and over again. Usually, though, it's about something that is a league-wide issue or obviously affects the Mavericks in a direct way. This is a little different, but it's hard to argue with him about the play in question. Mauer is indeed standing right there, looking directly at Bogdanovic. That is an awful missed call.

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