Bad Call of the Week
Just in time for the Wizards' big game against the Cavaliers tonight, the NBA plunks the dunce cap on Darius Songaila and sends him to the time out corner. Songaila hit a certain Cleveland player in the face after the two got tangled up under the basket and was given a technical foul. Guess the NBA decided that wasn't good enough.
This same Cavaliers player elbowed Andray Blatche in the face during Game 1 and was later assessed a retroactive flagrant foul, which roughly translates into, "Tsk tsk, don't do it again. Who's still our favorite? You are! You are!" (Well, maybe not. But it sure doesn't help out the Wizards.)
zach: that is a travesty considering lebron got a RETROACTIVE flagrant that we never received free throws for. This kind of double standard and league favoritism really tarnishes the NBA.
Is there really a double standard?
Readers seem to agree with zach:
Dellis: Stern is not so blatant in fixing games for his Golden Child. At least now he's stepping forward and admitting he wants The King to keep playing and generating ratings.
Anil: complete BS, the NBA is really run by the mob.
The Good Call of the Week goes to Izman, who provides some inspirational words going into Game 6 tonight:
Izman: Adversity builds character. Wiz-men, no complaining until after the series, even as bizarre as the disparity in treatment may appear.
prescrunk: here here Izman!
An anonymous commenter has another idea:
1) Call the NBA office at 212-407-8000
2) Ask to be connected to Stu Jackson's office
3) Ask if Mt. Jackson is available. When your told that he is not, ask if you could please have his voicemail. When the assistant asks for your name, man up and give your real name
4) Leave a *clean* and *tactful* message, expressing your outrage at this decision. *Offer no personal attacks or insults on Stu Jackson.* Leave your real name and a number where he can reach you if he wishes to discuss further.
The NBA needs to understand that its paying customers will not stand for this nonsense. Please, follow these steps responsibly.
Or you could go this route, but maybe that's just me. Yeah, probably.
By Lindsay Applebaum |
May 2, 2008; 1:07 PM ET
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