Dallas Mavericks public-address announcer Sean Heath will be back at his desk Saturday night, after the NBA rescinded its two-game suspension of him as punishment for his recent Twitter rant against league officials. The NBA elected to fine the Mavericks $25,000 instead.
Heath took to Twitter after an April 1 game to criticize league officials for missing a goaltending call on Golden State’s Jermaine O’Neal that occurred in the game’s final seconds and allowed Stephen Curry to sink the game-winning shot for the Warriors. One of Heath’s tweets stated the Mavericks’ loss is why the NBA has a “reputation that the games are rigged.”
“Several disciplinary options were discussed, but ultimately we decided to be consistent with past practice on violations of game operations staff,” league spokesman Tim Frank told ESPNDallas.com.
Another source told ESPN that the fact Heath is a contract worker and not technically a team employee made his suspension a “legally complicated issue.”
The NBA suspended Heath on Thursday, but had allowed the Mavericks to delay the suspension until Saturday in order to find a replacement. The league also acknowledged that the call was missed and apologized the day after the game.
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