Posted by Royce Young
Rick Carlisle was clearly frustrated with the officiating in the Mavericks' 95-86 loss at home to the Thunder. So much so that he got himself ejected. He picked up a technical early in the second half for protesting a call but with 9:34 left in the fourth picked up a second.
Not for yelling or arguing though. He got tossed for pretending his was Lionel Messi as he kicked the ball into the stands. Make sure to notice it hit a nice lady in the head.
Carlisle was apologetic after the game though, via ESPN Dallas:
"I want to apologize to our franchise, Mark [Cuban], our fans," Carlisle said after the game. "The incident where the ball got kicked into the stands -- that can’t happen. My intent was not to kick it into the stands, I was trying to kick it to the referee, but I’m not a very good kicker. But, that can’t happen; the officials made the right call on that one. That’s a regrettable situation."
It definitely appeared on the video it wasn't intentional that the ball flew into the stands, but props to Carlisle for just taking responsibility for it. I suppose the league could fine him for it, but we'll have to wait and see.