NBA referee Tony Brothers missed game due to foul outburst against Mavericks’ Spencer Dinwiddie: report


Tony Brothers, a longtime NBA referee who worked more than 1,700 games, was reportedly sidelined for one of them for using foul language toward a Dallas Mavericks player.

Spencer Dinwiddie accused Brothers earlier this month of calling him “bada– motherf—–” in the second quarter after receiving a technical foul. The guard spoke about the incident after the game against the Toronto Raptors.

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Dallas Mavericks guard Spencer Dinwiddie, #26, takes a shot as Golden State Warriors’ Jordan Poole, second from right, and Kevon Looney, right, defend in the first half of a basketball game at the NBA in Dallas on Tuesday, November 29, 2022.
(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

“I’m not even mad at the language,” Dinwiddie said, via ESPN. “Everyone has said things when they’re upset or feeling sensitive or hurt. That’s fine. Just say it to my face.”

NBA reporter Marc Stein reported Tuesday that Brothers was forced off the field for one game following the incident. The league would never have announced it because it wasn’t official and Brothers didn’t miss a paycheck.

NBA referee Tony Brothers reacts during the New Orleans Pelicans against the Phoenix Suns in Game 2 of the first round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs at the Footprint Center in Phoenix on April 19, 2022.

NBA referee Tony Brothers reacts during the New Orleans Pelicans against the Phoenix Suns in Game 2 of the first round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs at the Footprint Center in Phoenix on April 19, 2022.
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Dinwiddie told The Athletic about two weeks after the Nov. 4 incident that the NBA contacted him.

“I told them what happened. I was very clear with that part. After that they do what they do, I don’t know,” he told the outlet.

Spencer Dinwiddie of the Dallas Mavericks, right, walks past Grayson Allen of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022 in Milwaukee.

Spencer Dinwiddie of the Dallas Mavericks, right, walks past Grayson Allen of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022 in Milwaukee.
(AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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Brothers has been in the NBA for 28 seasons. He refereed 1,626 regular season games and 174 playoff games.

Fox News’ Joe Morgan contributed to this report.


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