Watch: NBA Getting Roasted After 1 of the Worst Ejections Ever


Trash talking is nothing new in the NBA. Larry Bird and Michael Jordan were considered two of the biggest trash talkers in NBA history. And the referees often let it go.

But in today’s NBA, the refs have little tolerance the kind of jawing that was so prevalent in the past, whether it’s arguing a call or trash talking an opponent — and that’s not lost on the players.

But on Sunday, the referees took it to another level when they T’ed up a player for just giving another player a dirty look.

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young stared down Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn after drilling a three-pointer in his face with about 9:20 left in the third quarter.

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For the stare down, Young was hit with a technical foul, his second of the game, and ejected.

His first technical was ridiculous, too.

Young was T’ed up in the first quarter for getting slapped in the back of the head by Dunn, who was upset that Young launched a three after the whistle blew.

Both players drew technicals for that incident.

After the game, Young seemed to shrug off the ejection.

“They made a call, I live with it. I looked at someone, and that was about it,” he said, according to ESPN.

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Dunn was confused by the call, too.

“I don’t really know what happened, to be honest,” Dunn said, according to ESPN. “I just know that he got ejected, and I felt that he shouldn’t have got ejected.”

Of course, players complain about officials all the time, and technical fouls can always be controversial. But criticism of this call came from all over.

The referee who T’ed up Young, Mark Ayotte, defended his call.

“Taunting is directed at an opponent specifically,” he said, according to ESPN.

“Celebration is not directed at an opponent.”

Young had 18 points when he was ejected but the Hawks still managed to win, 123-118.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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