OKC Russell Westbrook blasts referees for ejection, accuses refs of unfair calls

By Maricris Faderugao | Jan 02, 2017 03:06 AM EST
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook took out his frustration against the referees after rejection from the game. He said that he was being officiated differently against other players.

The incident started when Westbrook argued that Memphis' Marc Gasol committed an air ball that resulted in an incorrect resetting of the shot clock. He insisted that he did not do anything to merit back-to-back technical fouls that earned caused his ejection midway through the third quarter, Slam Online reported.  

"It's just crazy, man. Especially for me, because I feel like I don't get the benefit of the doubt most of the time, especially throughout the game with refs," he said before adding, "I just don't get ref'd the same way as other people, and I don't appreciate it," he said."

Despite Westbrook's objections, referee Jason Philips insisted that they had "no doubt" that the ball hit the rim. Philips went to say that they explained everything to Westbrook but the latter continued to complain so they issued a technical foul.

Westbrook reportedly continued to complain despite the first call and said a lot of profanities reportedly repeating "that's bullshit" during the conversation that merited second technical foul.

Thunder coach Billy Donovan came to his defense and said that felt that the ball did not hit the rim. He went to say that Westbrook could have an average of 20 free throw attempts because of his aggressive style of play. He went to say Westbrook was also getting hits with no fouls being called.

The Thunders lost the game to the Memphis Gizzlies 114-80. Westbrook finished the game with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 turnovers in just 23 minutes, ESPN reported. This is only the third time that Wesbrook did not have a single assist in his statline.

Westbrook is currently averaging a triple-double with 31.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and 10.6 assists per game in his statline.

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