Mark Cuban shoots NBA referee after controversial Mavericks loss


Maverick's owner Mark Cuban beat the officials up in a Twitter rant after Dallas lost 111-107 to the Hawks in Atlanta on Saturday night.

Cuban The tirade started with a tweet after the Hawks converted John Collins to a follow shot that was credited after a goalkeeper call was cleared. The basket sealed the game for the Hawks with 8.4 seconds remaining.

"So they call a goalkeeper," wrote the Cuban. "You literally whistled that it was a goalkeeper. After the whistle there was a setback. After checking, they said no goalkeeper, but count the basket? What the hell is that? This is the incumbent NBA.

The Cuban, who has been fined more than $ 2 million for publicly thrashing umpires, has not questioned the call, according to

"One of the referees told us it was an accidental whistle, not a goalkeeper," the Cuban wrote in a follow-up tweet. "It doesn't matter that people stopped. They thought the pipe came after the putback. So the basket counted. So what's where they check to see if it wasn't a goalkeeper?"

Crew chief Rodney Mott explained the call after the game.

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"The ball was blocked and checked," Mott told a pool reporter. “The ball hit the rim, so it was considered an accidental whistle because it was considered a good block. As a rule, it is an accidental whistle. It's rule 2. Since he (Collins) was shooting when my whistle sounded, this is considered a continuation, so the basket counts. "

The Cuban did not limit his criticism to just this individual appeal. He said the league has a systemic problem when it comes to officials.

"Referees have bad games," he tweeted. “Crews have bad games. However, this is not a single game problem. This is the same thing that has been the case for 20 years. Hire former referees who believe they can hire, train and manage. Realize 2 years later that they can't. To repeat."

As for Collins, he felt no pity for the Mavericks and their understaffed list. Dallas Star Point Guard Luka Doncic was stretched out to rest his ankle, as was the former kink Kristaps Porzingis, who paused to rest his knee. Doncic and Porzingis led Dallas to a 122:10 win over Orlando Magic the night before.

"I feel like I have definitely taken advantage of the mismatches I had tonight," said Collins, who scored 35 points and 17 rebounds. "As you know, I can crash the basket pretty well, so I definitely took advantage of it and made the best of it."

Another kink, Tim Hardaway Jr., did not blame this loss for the loss.

"We dropped over 30 points again in the second quarter and eased in the fourth quarter," said Hardaway, who scored 20 of his 33 points in the season in the first half. “We were in double digits and went into the fourth. We are easing. It's hard to see, but it did happen. "

– with AP