J.J. Barea got ejected in the Dallas Mavericks‘ bench late in Friday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers by referee Scott Foster for stating only,”This was a tragedy,” the 13-year veteran guard told ESPN.
“[On the very first techical, Foster] said I had been talking too much, but I never said a bad word the entire night,” Barera said. “The next one, I just said from the bench,’This is a tragedy’ That is it. But [Foster] has a problem with me. He had been half court! A year I average maybe 3 techs. I believe every time it is him.”
Mavs owner Mark Cuban, that sits beneath the Dallas bench, quoted a similar comment in his tweet about the ejection.
All JJ said was” you guys are a tragedy tonight”. Do not yell it. Do not shout. Was sitting on the bench. Wasn’t demonstrative. The ref was the way across the court. No way anybody heard him.
He was voted the league’s worst referee in a 2016 survey of coaches and players conducted by the Los Angeles Times.
“Yeah, Scott Foster in his finest,” Paul said. “You understand what I believe? He just never fails.
“A number of them, you can [communicate] with. You have only gotkindly figure out that you can and you can not. I received tonight to a technician. I’m over there using [referee Courtney Kirkland] saying,’That is Scott, that’s Scott,’ and I got a technician. That is history there. He the man. That is that they pay to see”
The NBA didn’t announce a good for Paul due to the comments.
Barea declined to comment when asked about Foster’s reputation.