In the first quarter of Sunday afternoon’s game between the Phoenix Suns and the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, Rasheed Wallace got called for a technical foul after some extracurricular activity on Luis Scola after the whistle. I wasn’t sure about that technical since it seemed Scola sold it like he were involved in a World Wrestling Entertainment match. But, you know, it’s Sheed. It’s like he’s a walking technical foul waiting to happen.
So Goran Dragic went ahead and shot the technical free throw. The foul shot clanked and Sheed, predictably, yelled, “Ball don’t lie!”
The referees called another technical foul and promptly ejected him. What?
This is madness.
Sheed has been known to yell that. In fact, he did it about a couple of weeks ago in a game against New Orleans after Austin Rivers missed a foul shot. He then explained to the refs that he wasn’t particularly yelling it at anybody. I assume this was the same thing.
So why would the referees eject him? Because, good grief, Rasheed questioned a call. And because the referees’ feelings were hurt, they decided to remove him from the premises. I suppose if a player called Joey Crawford “bald”, he would get ejected. If a player told the referee that the official liked to listen to Justin Bieber’s music, he would get ejected. If a player was talking to his teammate about the Mayans and the referee overheard the conversation, the official would probably eject them both because he disagreed with the players. I mean, how dare the players question the officials on anything.
We now live in a world where Rasheed Wallace can’t yell “ball don’t lie” in an NBA game. I don’t want to live in this world. Referees have to be better than this.
You go on with your bad self, Sheed.
The Knicks went on to beat the Suns, 106-99.