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NBA Investigating Referee Tony Brothers For Insult Toward Spencer Dinwiddie

The NBA has sidelined veteran referee Tony Brothers for a heated incident with Dallas Mavericks guard Spencer Dinwiddie.

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NBA Referee Tony Brothers Sits Out One Game

Following an incident with Dallas Mavericks star guard Spencer Dinwiddie, long-tenured referee Tony Brothers has been sidelined for one game. According to veteran NBA reporter Marc Stein, a Mavericks player heard Brothers refer to Dinwiddie as a “bitch ass motherf—er” during a game against the Toronto Raptors in early November. This happened after a play where Brothers called a technical foul on Dinwiddie.

The Mavericks went on to win that game by one point, with Dinwiddie scoring 21 points on an efficient 8-of-17 overall clip from the field. The veteran scoring guard also drilled three triples, dished out seven assists, and stole the ball two times in the win. At one instance in the second quarter, the Mavericks were called for a take foul, a call that Dinwiddie didn’t like. Dinwiddie then complained about the call, and Brothers proceeded to give him a technical foul.

Tony Brothers started calling NBA games in 1994. He has been officiating NBA games for 27 years, establishing himself as one of the most popular referees in today’s game. Along with his officiating work, Brothers also founded the Still Hope Foundation and the Men for Hope non-profit organization.

As for Dinwiddie, he is currently playing second fiddle to lead star Luka Doncic, averaging 17.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.1 steals per contest. The Mavericks are sporting a record of 10 wins against 10 losses, putting them in the 8th spot in the Western Conference standings.

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