Dinwiddie alleges reference used obscenity after technology

Dinwiddie alleges reference used obscenity after technology

DALLAS — Mavericks guard Spencer Dinwiddie took issue with the actions of referee Tony Brothers in Friday night’s 111-110 win over the Toronto Raptors, accusing the veteran official of wrongfully whistling him for a technical foul, then for using profane language to describe him while talking to one of his Dallas teammates.

Brothers called the technical foul on Dinwiddie with 47.8 seconds left in the second quarter, when Dinwiddie approached him to protest a catch foul. Dinwiddie said he might have used a swear word in protest, but not in a derogatory way.

According to Dinwiddie, a bandmate informed him that Brothers then called Dinwiddie an “ass mother whore”.

“Everybody’s a competitor there,” Dinwiddie said. “I understand it’s the heat of the moment. I definitely said swear words, but like if I was playing someone on the other team and they said that to my teammate, I’d be like listen,’ Hey, I’m here.’ But because obviously [referees are in] positions of authority and so on, you can’t necessarily ask for that address, so I just take my position just and say, “Hey, look, if you feel like that, I’m fine with it, let me know just in front, like any other adult. That’s all I want.

“I’m not even mad at the language. Everyone has said things when they’re upset or feeling sensitive or hurt. That’s fine. Just say it to my face.”

Dinwiddie also said Brothers, a 29-year-old veteran umpire who is one of the league’s longest-serving officials, misinterpreted his reason for applause, leading to him receiving the technique.

“I apologize to Tony Brothers for what seemed to keep him angry, which was a slap,” Dinwiddie said. “He thought it was disrespectful. If you watch games, and I know that’s what referees are supposed to do, you see me clapping to get my teammates’ attention, things of that nature. , but it was nothing personal, so as the man I would like to say I’m sorry first and foremost.

“And secondarily, I would like to say, not only would I like my [fine] reimbursed, but I would like not to be called a bitch by my team-mates.”

The NBA office did not grant a pool report request to Brothers, the team manager, because pool reports are intended to focus on rule clarification.

Coach Jason Kidd said the Mavs will look into the matter.

“It’s tough. I have to talk to Spencer,” Kidd said. “When you look at Tony and what he’s done in this league, he’s highly regarded and also one of the best we’ve got. We’re going to see what happened here and talk to Spencer and find out exactly what happened. It’s a sensitive subject. We’ll see what happens.

Dinwiddie played a starring role alongside Luka Doncic as the Mavs extended their winning streak to three games, scoring 21 points and providing seven assists in the win over the Raptors. Doncic had 35 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals in a dominating performance that featured highlights that instantly went viral on social media.

Doncic made history by joining Wilt Chamberlain as the only NBA player to ever start a season with eight consecutive 30-point performances.

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