Minneapolis – An NBA referee has sued the Associated Press and one of its sports writers over a Twitter message suggesting he intentionally made a bad call to make up for a previous bad call that went against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
In a federal lawsuit filed Monday in Minneapolis, veteran NBA referee Bill Spooner claimed AP sports writer Jon Krawcynski defamed him in the Twitter message, sent while he was covering the Jan. 24 Rockets-Timberwolves game.
The Tweet: “Ref Bill Spooner told Rambis he’d ‘get it back’ after a bad call. Then he made an even worse call on the Rockets. That’s NBA officiating folks.”
First off, when did Jim from The Office become a sports writer? The main thing here for me is why is this guy suing over this? I think we already know where I stand on NBA officiating – I made it pretty clear last week. Now they’re denying that the “make-up call” even exists? C’mon, we’ve all accepted it as a suitable way to make up for a previous bad call, but to say you are being defamed and even suing someone for it? The league, of course, found the tweet to be “without substance.”
March 15th, 2011 at 6:58 pm
I’d hate to the think how the zebras might feel when the fans start to question their birthright as it relates to their officiating skills come the NBA playoffs ! What a fu_king bastard he missed that call ! At least with Tim Donaghy we knew exactly what he allegedly stood for . Pity the commish didn’t know though ! LOL,LOL,LOL !!!
Personally from my point of view it’s better for the zebras to be defamed or slandered rather than have ’em fu_k up calls and then profit from it the way Donaghy did. ‘nough said !
It’s like Black Rob says …………. ” It’s like Whoa” !
March 15th, 2011 at 10:31 pm
I wonder if Spooner actually has a case.
March 16th, 2011 at 2:39 pm
I don’t understand how you could win a case against a tweet… That would be one of the lamest rulings a judge has ever handed down…
March 17th, 2011 at 1:46 pm
It’s hard to believe that a website where anybody can impersonate any celebrity could be grounds for a defamation suit.
March 16th, 2011 at 7:11 am
Sad to hear ’bout Nate Dogg dying at age 41 !
Nate Dogg dead at age 41 Click link to read article .
March 16th, 2011 at 10:06 am
HA! I hate it when the make up call is on a crappy player. They make a bad call on your star and the make up call is always on a scrub… F**in NBA. So fixed…
March 16th, 2011 at 12:53 pm
David Stern would love to meet you in person to discuss these differences of opinion that the two of you don’t seem to share .
Let me know when the meeting is and whether or not our boy Barry (Obama) will be in attendance to mediate ?
March 17th, 2011 at 1:45 pm
Basketball is full of make up calls. This shouldn’t shock anybody.
But people suing each other over Twitter is ridiculous. It’s Twitter. It’s not supposed to be taken so seriously.