This might be why I dont believe players when they have their hands in the air and shout: "My hands were up ref" as if that absolves them of any contact because their hands were up. This might be an exaggerated case last night but to me (a basketball referee of 17 years) this just shows the hypocrisy of players who quickly throw their hands up when contact is made and the whistle blows.
That's not all though.
The referee assessed Smith a flagrant 2 and ejected him from the game. Smith could still face repercussion from the league for his actions. But this is where things get interesting. The crowd at the New Orleans Arena ONE didn't give Griffin a standing ovation when he recovered from the hit but TWO did cheer when Smith (ie the tackler) was escorted to the locker room by security.
GREAT SHOW OF SPORTSMANSHIP NEW ORLEANS!
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