Posted May 10, 2013

NBA fines Bulls’ Taj Gibson for ‘verbal abuse of official’ after Game 2 ejection

2013 Playoffs, Ben Golliver, Chicago Bulls, Joakim Noah, Miami Heat, Scott Foster, Taj Gibson

The NBA announced Friday that Bulls forward Taj Gibson has been fined $25,000 for “verbal abuse of an official” after he was ejected from a 115-78 Game 2 loss to the Heat on Wednesday night.

Referee Scott Foster ejected Bulls center Joakim Noah and Gibson back-to-back early in the fourth quarter of Miami’s blowout win.

The sequence started when a Gibson jump hook was blocked by Chris Andersen, an apparent missed goaltending violation that led to an and-one transition opportunity for Ray Allen on the other end. Noah stepped off of the Bulls’ bench and onto the court to loudly express his disapproval to Foster. He was hit quickly with his second technical foul of the game, necessitating an automatic ejection.

After Noah was ejected, Gibson continued the conversation, earning himself a pair of technical fouls. Gibson had to be restrained and helped to the locker room, and he appeared to direct profanity at Foster as he left the court on multiple occasions. All this occurred with the Heat leading 94-56 with a little more than 10 minutes remaining in the game.

Gibson departed with eight points (on 4-for-6 shooting) and three rebounds in 14 minutes.

The series is tied at one game apiece. Game 3 is set for Chicago on Friday night.

9 comments
1129nk
1129nk

Just another night of lousy officiating by the referees. Maybe the guy who's brother is a ref can answer this for us. Name the last 3 NBA game officials fined for poor job performance. It's a joke. I watch highlights only now. Why watch games that are fixed? If I wanted that could just tune in to the Series A league in Italy, which no one takes seriously anymore. The NBA is heading that way.

KingToro27
KingToro27

I don't see goal tending! Go Bulls!

rbxy
rbxy

Looks like a travel to me guys!! Watch the vid again

robert29
robert29

$25,000 is too high given that Gibson had a legitimate beef; the calls were really bad and the good referee seemed to have some interest in piling on the Bulls, who were by that point way down. 

SilentPartner1
SilentPartner1

What happened to the referees who made bogus or no calls? Any fines? That's not good for the kids either, it not good to cheat.

JimWinters
JimWinters

not enough! this ghetto thug needs to learn to respect authority! great role model for black youth taj!

knickfan
knickfan

@robert29 My brother is an NBA referee. We both watched the "goaltend shot" by Gibson several times in slo-mo. We both agree it was a legitimate block.