Devin Booker Got Tossed, Waved To His Bench, And Then Signed An Autograph For A Fan As He Left The Court
And that, my friends, is how you get ejected from a professional sporting event and still end up a sympathetic figure. Devin Booker may have told that official he was going to fuck his mother, never call her again, and write her house number on the wall at the nearest rest stop shitter, but I couldn't be more convinced he was the one wronged here. That probably has something to do with him having the face of a 13 year old that hasn't even considered purchasing a razor yet and the guilt-free eyes of an adorable puppy, but his graciousness in getting tossed definitely played a part too. I'm not saying that giving a sarcastic thumbs up, waving bye to your teammates like you just got off the school bus, and calmly signing an autograph for a fan is always going to win you the poll of public opinion, but it's certainly worthy of more compassion than literally all of Boogie Cousins' premature exits.
The referee probably did nothing more than his job, but I bet you can't tell me you watched that video and didn't instinctively think that ejecting Devin Booker was a bit of an overreaction. Hell, I'd argue that this all-too-polite interaction actually showed up that official more than a player stomping off in a fit of hysterics, because there's no way someone that looks that innocent is getting T'd up twice unless they deserve it.