After Reggie Jackson hoisted up a last-second three-point attempt to save the Detroit Pistons’ season Sunday evening that fell short, cameras showed the visibly upset 26-year-old yelling at officials for what he thought was a foul committed by Kyrie Irving on the shot.
Per Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated, Jackson carried his frustration to his media session, claiming that referees should be punished for blown calls and no-calls,
Pistons' Reggie Jackson: NBA referees should have "system [of] fines, suspensions, being fired" for bad calls pic.twitter.com/v5WuN66dsr
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) April 25, 2016
Jackson, whose team engaged in a physical series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, said that a system needs to be implementing where officials are held accountable to failing to make the right calls over the course of a game. Jackson’s words could’ve been said purely out of frustration just minutes after the season-ending sweep, but nonetheless, the league will likely take a look at what he said. They do not take criticism of officials lightly, as evidenced during Game 1 when his head coach, Stan Van Gundy, was fined $25,000 by the NBA for comments he made about officials during an on-court interview.
According to NBA writer Tim Bontemps, Jackson’s actions may warrant a suspension, as he possibly made contact with an official during the confrontation.
A statement from the NBA has not been released.
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