If Devin Harris Goes Absolutely Apeshit In Response To Your Call Then Shouldn't You At Least Consider That It May Have Been Wrong?
Uproxx- Wednesday night’s Mavs-Pelicans game offered a prime example of every officiating crew’s ultimate fallibility, and the fallout was rather stunning. During the second quarter, Devin Harris took a nasty elbow to the face from Jordan Crawford and was assessed a blocking foul.
Needless to say, he wasn’t happy about it and quickly earned two technicals and a mandatory ejection. But it didn’t stop there. Head coach Rick Carlisle and assistant Melvin Hunt both got T’d up as well, making a grand total of four technical fouls on a single play. It seems likely that the league will review it.
You ever make a joke in a group setting at the expense of someone that was present and immediately realize you took it too far? I'm pretty confident in my sense of humor, but occasionally you get a response that tells you that you're absolutely in the wrong whether you agree or not. I'm not talking about a lack of laughter. I'm talking about glares of pure, unadulterated disgust. I remember one time I was out to brunch and made fun of how a girl talked with her hands, and boy - oh boy - that did not go over anywhere near as well as I hoped. Personally, I thought it was harmless, but the table's reaction said otherwise so much so that I had no choice but to apologize for the joke instead of digging myself deeper by arguing on it's behalf.
What I am trying to say is that this referee shouldn't have needed a replay to know how wrong this call was. When Devin Harris - of all people - charges your way, multiple times, like he somehow summoned the spirit of Boogie Cousins then you're probably better off saying "my bad" instead of doubling down on your worthless whistle blowing. Handing out four technicals, and kicking the NBA's preeminent church mouse out of the game is not the way to handle a situation in which the general consensus is that you fucked up badly.
I know that officials make mistakes and that professional athletes can't go full "he tried to kill father!" every time they do, but I didn't even need to see Devin Harris take an elbow to the face to know that he got screwed. The emotion shown from someone that is generally emotionless should have been enough for this referee to admit defeat. Ya know, instead of making it a bigger deal than it was and having people like myself wonder what the fuck he was watching the day after.