In one of the strangest NBA ejections ever, normally mild-mannered Raptors forward Amir Johnson was thrown out of Monday night's game against the Trail Blazers when he tried to take the ball from referee David Jones after a Portland free throw and wouldn't let go. After his ejection, an incensed Johnson fired his mouthguard at Jones and hit him in the back.
“I think [it was childish] between both of us,” Johnson said. “We were both wrestling with the ball. That was kind of childish. We both either could of let it go or anything. That part was childish. Plus, on my part for reacting that way. … It was something that didn’t need to happen. I lost my cool. I apologize on that part. I’ve never been kicked out of a game before or been T'd up like that.”
There were no actions that precipitated the incident and Johnson said no words were exchanged, making it all the more bizarre.
“He turned his back, I really wanted to know what happened,” Johnson explained. “Nothing was said. I lost my cool right there. I never had any problems all the eight years I’ve been in the league. I never argued with a ref or did anything wrong. From there, I just lost my cool.”
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