A Louisiana Tech Player Was Ejected For Throwing Down A Thunderous Dunk And Being Pleased With Himself Afterwards
SportingNews- Early in the second half of the Bulldogs' 83-65 win against the 49ers, La. Tech senior Jacobi Boykins was hit with what is undoubtedly, unequivocally, undeniably, unquestionably the most egregious, asinine, absurd, erroneous technical foul in the history of college, forget that, competitive basketball.
With about 15 minutes remaining in the second half, the 6-6 senior jumped a passing lane to make a steal then raced to the other end of the floor and threw down a thunderous, left-handed dunk from outside the semi-circle in the painted area of the lane. Pleased with the energizing play he'd just made, he briefly glanced at a Charlotte player, smiled and hustled to get back on defense. But, apparently, the exuberance Boykins exhibited while playing, you know, a game, was too much for one official. Boykins was whistled for a technical, his second of the game, and tossed from the contest.
The last thing I would want to do is rationalize what was an absolutely preposterous excuse for officiating. The only way in which that whistle should have been blown, thus signaling the dismissal of a player that did nothing more than turn excellent defense into easy offense, is if the person's whose neck it was around was the team mother for Charlotte and she was trying to protect the fragile psyche of her boys.
That being said, bad calls do happen. You hope they are never that bad, but bad calls do happen to even those with the best intentions. Point being, if you're going to be on the ass end of one that gets you promptly ejected from the game then it might as well be one that - more or less - gives you the title of the nation's most disrespectful dunker. That referee should still be shamed into turning in his stripes, but say you were in Jacobi Boykins shoes. Would you rather play out the last 15 minutes of a lopsided game against an overmatched foe, orrrrr be able to claim that you lived out the amateur equivalent of "ball so hard ma'fuckas wanna fine me" in a way that would make Kanye and Jay-Z watch the throne for the king of rim-rocking?
Of course, it was probably hard for him to see in the moment, but that exclamation point of a throw down was a more provocative end to his performance than had he stayed in and passed it around the perimeter for a couple minutes before giving way to the end of the bench for garbage time. The way I see it, an inexcusable decision unintentionally made way for one kid's fittingly grand finale. Jacobi Boykins completed an absurdly common play, but he did it with such an unforeseen amount of gusto that the person who is responsible for having seen everything instinctually assumed that an act so profane simply had to be illegal in some way.