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Hedo Turkoglu grabs ref; suspension coming?

Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:44 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2012 11:33 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver  

Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu was whistled for a technical foul during the fourth quarter of a Thursday night game against the Chicago Bulls after he touched NBA referee Karl Lane with both of his hands while protesting a no-call on a drive.

It's likely that Turkoglu will be suspended for Sunday night's game against the Indiana Pacers.

The NBA rule book notes: "Any player or coach guilty of intentional physical contact with an official shall automatically be suspended without pay for one game. A fine and/or longer period of suspension will result if circumstances so dictate."

The sequence occurred with just less than four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, with the Magic leading the Bulls 89-88. Turkoglu drove through multiple defenders and was stripped of the ball as he rose to attempt a lay-up. Turkoglu went over to Lane to protest the call and put both of his hands on Lane's shoulders while arguing. He then continued to argue with referee Bill Spooner, making contact with him as well, before he was able to be settled down so that play could continue.

The Magic went on to defeat the Bulls 99-94 at the United Center. Turkoglu finished with 13 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 1 steal on 3-for-10 shooting in 39 minutes.

Here's the video of Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu making contact with official Karl Lane during a game against the Chicago Bulls. 


Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2012 4:39 pm

Hedo Turkoglu grabs ref; suspension coming?

The facts that the suspension hasn't happened and the video link speaks volumes. Remember when Duncan got a TF for laughing on the bench?<br />

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:26 am

Hedo Turkoglu grabs ref; suspension coming?

I don't even like Turkoglu but I thought the ref is a bit overly sensative.  Let me make it clear, I understand the rules in place for not making contact with the refs or else you are issued a technical or ejection based on contact/intent.  Karl Lane wouldn't even look at him after he was so offended once he was touched on the shoulders by another man.  The not wanting to make eye contact always shows to me how high on their pedestal these refs are and how much they place themselves above the game.  Though I didn't see the other ref who was explaining to Turkoglu why he got the technical freak out when Turkoglu re-enacted the gesture.  Karl Lane seems have a quick trigger and some personal issues.

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2012 3:10 am

Hedo Turkoglu grabs ref; suspension coming?

Grabbing signfies clutching the guys shirt in his hands. He put his hands on his shoulders....not that big of a deal. Seriously, lets unravel the panties from up our butts, and realize Turkoglu actually was just making his case. The man is from Turkey...they use their hands to talk alot. 

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