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Carlisle got ejected for kicking ball into stands

Posted on: February 2, 2012 12:51 am
Edited on: February 2, 2012 1:30 am
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.

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 12:11 pm

Carlisle got ejected for kicking ball into stands

I was at this game, and the referees deserved the ball kicked at them.  They ruined what would have been a very interesting and entertaining game by all the stoppage of play, and some very questionable calls in the fourth when the Mavericks were making a run.  Too bad, but great job by Carlisle to try to have an impact!  Unfortunately for Dallas, it did not work this time!

Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:28 am

Carlisle got ejected for kicking ball into stands

This was a great moment.

dont remember seeing anything like this in the last 10-15 years

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