The NBA issued a two-game suspension to Mavericks public-address announcer Sean Heath after he tweeted criticism of league officials, ESPN Dallas reported Thursday.
Heath’s Twitter rant came after the Mavericks suffered a tough overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors on April 1. Golden State’s Jermaine O’Neal goaltended a shot by Dallas’ Monta Ellis in the last seconds of the game, but the call was missed, allowing Stephen Curry to sink the winning shot for the Warriors.
The 122-120 loss wasn’t easy to walk off for the Mavericks, who are fighting for one of the Western Conference’s two remaining playoff spots. Heath later criticized NBA referee Danny Crawford for “blowing the call” and called out the league on its reputation for rigging games.
ESPN Dallas reported that Heath’s suspension will begin Saturday night when the Mavericks take on the Memphis Grizzlies. Depending on whether or not Dallas advances to the playoffs, the suspension will conclude with either the first home game of the playoffs or next season’s home opener.
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