Rick Carlisle Responds To Referee Union
After the NBA suspended Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer $25,000 for incidental contact with an official on Saturday night, the league's Referee Union circled the wagons, issuing a fiery response to coaches who might consider getting physical with one of their own.
"Referees operate in an environment in which an influential NBA team owner has repeatedly mocked the efficacy of fines as means to change bad behavior. Recent league precedent dictated that a coach who aggressively charged onto the floor during live action and physically interfered with a referee would be suspended.
"We are now operating at a lower level with less transparency, degraded safety and diminished respect for the game. Coaches should compete by creating better teams, not by physically intimidating officials."
Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who doubles as the NBA Coaches Association president, wasn't going to be pushed around by a bunch of indignant zebras, called their response "grandstanding" aimed at "short term Twitter fame." Damn.
NBA coaches association president Rick Carlisle's response to refs union: pic.twitter.com/vHbKuyPrpN
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) November 24, 2015
Move over Rex Ryan-Bill Belichick, the Rick Carlisle-NBA referee war is the best beef in American pro sports.
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