NBA referee Kirkland, Warriors Livingston suspended

NBA.com Global on Dec 05, 2017 07:26 AM
NBA referee Kirkland, Warriors Livingston suspended
Shaun Livingston NBA file photo

NBA press release

NEW YORK – NBA Official Courtney Kirkland has been removed from the league’s officiating rotation for one week and Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston has been suspended one game without pay for their roles in an on-court altercation, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident, which began when Livingston aggressively approached Kirkland while protesting a non-call, occurred with 6:24 remaining in the second quarter of the Warriors’ 123-95 win over the Miami Heat on Sunday, Dec. 3 (Monday, Dec. 4, PHL time) at AmericanAirlines Arena.

As part of the incident, Livingston and Kirkland bumped heads, and Livingston was assessed a technical foul and ejected for making contact with a game official. Upon league office review, it was determined that Kirkland moved toward Livingston and shared responsibility for the contact that occurred.

Kirkland’s suspension will begin tonight and run through Sunday, Dec. 10 (Monday, Dec. 11, PHL time). He will be eligible to return to game action on Monday, Dec. 11 (Tuesday, Dec. 12, PHL time).  

Livingston will serve his suspension tonight when the Warriors play the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center.

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