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.”