Celtics forward Grant Williams will be suspended for one game after meeting official Cheryl Flores on Monday, the NBA announced Wednesday.
Williams was sent off in Monday’s 120-102 second-half loss. The Celtics looked frustrated for much of the game as the Bulls cut their lead after a hot start, and Williams in particular spent much of the second half barking at the officials. After a streak that left him particularly frustrated, Williams was called out for a blocking foul, and he jumped up and hit Flores as he ran towards the bench in disbelief. After being ejected, he appeared to shout a profanity at Flores as he left the ground.
According to the league, Williams was ejected for “recklessly making contact” with Flores, as well as “directing inappropriate language at a game official.”
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After the game, team manager Marc Davis spoke to a poolside reporter about the incident.
“After correctly judging a blocking foul on Williams, he jumps up and approaches the official [Cheryl] Flores and makes intentional physical contact with her and he is ejected under the rule of that act of sportsmanship,” Davis said.
According to Steve Bulpett of Heavy.com, who spoke with an eyewitness to the situation, Williams spoke with Celtics vice president of player development and organizational growth Allison Feaster in the hallway at the outside the locker room after being sent off.
“She asked him if he touched the referee, and he said, ‘I walked towards her and she was backing away, so it was unintentional. I wasn’t trying,’ the witness told Bulpett.” He said to her, ‘I didn’t say anything. I said nothing.
Williams will serve his suspension when the Celtics play the Cavaliers at TD Garden on Friday.
Joe Mazzulla was also ejected from Wednesday’s game after receiving two technical points. By Adam Himmelsbach from The Boston Globeone of Mazzulla’s techniques will be canceled by the league.
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