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Suns ejected in blowout loss to Thunder

Posted on: March 31, 2011 10:19 am
Edited on: March 31, 2011 10:38 am

Multiple ejections in Thunder-Suns game brings questions regarding comments to players from officials. 

Posted by Matt Moore

Was it a full-moon last night? What in tarnation got into everyone Wednesday night? After John Wall and Zydrunas Ilgauskas were through tussling, some hijinx came-a-calling in the Suns-Thunder game. 

The Thunder and Suns were in a close game going into the fourth. It was 79-73 going into the final frame, and the Suns had hung the whole way. Then, they stopped hanging. And they plummeted off the cliff and then crashed into the canyons below, even making a Wile-E.-Coyote-like "poof" when they hit the floor. After the Thunder had ran the Suns off the face of the planet, several of the Suns had some... issues with the officiating, and found themselves on the way to the locker room early. 

Okay, frustrated team has a few guys tossed in a blowout. No big deal, right? 

The issue stems from what referee Ken Mauer reportedly said which led to Suns reserve's Zabian Dowdell's initial ejection and Aaron Brooks' subsequent removal.  John Gambadoro of 620 KTAR in Phoenix reports that Ken Mauer allegedly called Dodwell a small female dog

Dowdell didn't like that too much.

Dowdell responded by asking if Mauer would call him that off the court, which is, not surprisingly, similar to "You wanna call me that outside?" and Mauer booted him. Dowdell was shocked at the reaction, saying he hadn't seen anything like that before in any league he's played in. As for Brooks, he ... ah, as the Thunder announcer put it, "struck a certain pose." Brooks getting tossed is no biggie, he's had trouble with the officials throughout the season. Dowdell is a different matter. 

More importantly, though, if the report is true and Mauer did refer to Dowdell that way, that's a problem. That's an official using language which could incite a player to get tossed. This is not a great time for the league to be dealing with this, with the playoffs fast approaching. We'll keep an eye on if any ramifications come from the incident. 


Since: Apr 1, 2011
Posted on: April 1, 2011 11:20 am

Suns ejected in blowout loss to Thunder

I would have to disagree with you ipmagic. I dont think the players call the refs anything or they would be tossed all the time. I know for a fact they do use fowl language, but they dont call the refs a B. There is a difference in dropping an f bomb and calling the ref a B. If it's true that the ref called him a B; I think it totally undermines what refs are trying to do which is keep control of the game. That infact makes the game get out of control. Just my opinion.

Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: April 1, 2011 9:58 am

Suns ejected in blowout loss to Thunder

I do not agree with refs calling out players, but, a female dog (we all know the real word here) I do believe the players call the refs, much fowler words, and with probably a lot more conviction, one reference to a female dog and its ok to ask for a fight? refs are not perfect, and I dislike them at times as much as anyone else, but does anyone besides me see the inequity here, I have seen some words mouthed to refs that cannot even be alluded to in writing without problems. One B word and the ref is a horrible person, and should be fired, stop treating pro atheletes like they are gods and can do what they want, and no one else can say anything back, it's just childish. And BTW I'm not saying I agree with what he did (if he did) but the inequality here seems to be a bit much...

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 11:46 pm

Ref inappropriate, what a shock

As a (former) Sacramento Kings fan, just let me say I'm SHOCKED that Stern's cadre of tweedle dee and tweedle dumb dumbs are calling games unfairly and stupidly. THAT's never happened before.   note to ESPN 8, The Ocho, I just can't get enough: If somebody would actually organize a real Dodge Ball league, we could probably run these NBA clowns right off the face of the TV screen.  I'd pay double for that, Cotton.

Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2011 9:19 pm

Suns ejected in blowout loss to Thunder

He definately looks like a toolbag.  Nice sideburns....or wait....where did they go?  Male pattern sideburn baldness?  I never met anyone with that haircut that wasn't a bag.  He is probably about 5'7 too so running around with those tall guys he has to call them female dogs to make himself feel better. AND YES Stern is a scumbag.  I want a public statement on to demean this guy kind of like he did Stan Van Gundy.

Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: March 31, 2011 9:15 pm

Suns ejected in blowout loss to Thunder

players say worse things than that to the officials every game.  i have heard officials say worse things than that to players.  go to a game and waste your money on good seats and you'll hear all types of things.  nba players talk, nba refs talk back.  this isn't something new or's a grown up's league.  it's intense. dialougue between players and refs is ultimately healthy but sometimes gets ot of hand.
not a big deal.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2011 2:38 pm

Suns ejected in blowout loss to Thunder

Jeez, guys, way to leap to conclusions.  Dowdell claims the ref said something; no evidence.  Watch the tape.  Broadcast team never saw or heard it.  Maybe he said it, maybe Dowdell mis-heard and took it up a notch because he was frustrated.  Notice he never protests; he just jogs off the court like he expected it.  Brooks, jacknapes that he is, clearly expected to go too.  Maybe they just didn't feel like hanging around and getting their butts beat any more.  Point being: you don't KNOW that Mauer said what Dowdell claims, and there is (or at least was) a principle in America of "innocent until proven guilty."  Jeez.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2011 2:27 pm

Suns ejected in blowout loss to Thunder

I agree with Brenden 110%, when does Stern reprimand his refs?  He is a garbage comissioner and the only reason he's still comissioner is because of the NBA Cares program and he keeps the WNBA on their feet.

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2011 2:02 pm

Suns ejected in blowout loss to Thunder

Is something wrong with writing "little bitch"? Why beat around the bush. Anyways, the ref is wrong and should be suspended.

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2011 11:36 am

Suns ejected in blowout loss to Thunder

Mauer had this same problem earlier this season with the Timberwolves.  I think he's the small female dog.  Stern won't do anything about it because he is spineless and encourages this behavior from his refs because they are never held publicly accountable.  Players are.  After watching the Brooks incident, good thing Mauer isn't a baseball umpire, no game would make it to the 2nd inning.

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