The Los Angeles Lakers superstar, LeBron James, suffered a double upset from the loss against the Boston Celtics and an unacceptable mistake from the referees on Saturday night.
The Lakers fought tooth and nail with the mighty Celtics and took the game to overtime, but eventually bit the dust. Due to the dominance of the Celtics’ players, the Lakers lost by four points in overtime.
On the other hand, the Lakers have produced another regular scenario where only King James stood out.
In the dying moments of the fourth quarter, James’ hand was obstructed by the Celtics forward Jayson Tatum in an attempt to basket the ball. But the referees refused to call it a foul and denied the Lakers a well-deserved win.
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However, the four-time NBA champion didn’t agree to have it at all and took it to a whole new level of protest, both on and off the court.
🤦🏾♂️!!! I don’t understand. I truly don’t https://t.co/XgVDGRZ5Wa
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 29, 2023
What did the referee’s association say after Lebron James’ fierce protest?
We have experienced hundreds and thousands of mistakes, misjudgments, and controversial calls by the referees. But for some weird reason, they are hardly held accountable or known to recognize their fault at any point. However, after huge protests and derogations, they finally opened their mouth.
“Like everyone else, referees make mistakes. We made one at the end of last night’s game and that is gut-wrenching for us,” the NBA referee released in a statement on Twitter. “This play will weigh heavily and cause sleepless nights as we strive to be the best referees we can be.”
Like everyone else, referees make mistakes. We made one at the end of last night’s game and that is gut-wrenching for us. This play will weigh heavily and cause sleepless nights as we strive to be the best referees we can be.https://t.co/WyN8QVuTOl
— NBA Referees (@OfficialNBARefs) January 29, 2023
This unusual and unique declaration from the referees sets a new precedent for the sports industry. In their defense, we know they are humans and are not able to provide 100% accurate decisions all the time, but admitting it won’t make them any less significant. The NBA world appreciates this gesture from the referees association.