Former Sooner star Blake Griffin was ejected from the L.A. Clippers game at Golden State late Wednesday night, but a day later, the NBA says Griffin should not have been ejected.
Early in the fourth quarter, Griffin got entangled with Warriors center Andrew Bogut.
Both players stayed tangled up, until players from both teams plus officials stepped in to separate them.
Griffin was given two technical fouls and was ejected from a game the Clippers lost 105-103.
On Thursday, the NBA issued a statement saying Griffin was wrongfully ejected.
The statement read as follows:
“After a league review of the Clippers-Warriors game, we have come to the conclusion that Blake Griffin should not have been ejected from the game,” NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said.
“A common foul should have been called on Griffin for initially attempting to dislodge the Warriors’ Andrew Bogut and a technical foul should have been assessed to Bogut for grabbing Griffin by the shirt and wrestling with him.”
After the game, Griffin was not happy with the way the game was called.
“If you look at it, I didn’t do anything and I got thrown out of the game,” Griffin said.
“It all boils down to they [the referees] fell for it. To me, that’s cowardly. That’s cowardly basketball.
“[Bogut] got a flagrant 1, and I got thrown out.
He was grabbing on to me, and they called the foul and he grabbed the neck of my jersey, so I tried to back up knowing I only had one technical, but they did a good job.
They sold it.
They fell for it. … I feel tonight I got two technicals for nothing.”
Griffin received his first technical late in the third quarter after talking to Draymond Green after Green elbowed him.
Griffin and the Clippers will visit Portland on Thursday night for a 9:30 central time tipoff.