According to ESPN, Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Mike Brown is suspended one game without pay and fined $25,000 for bumping a referee during a 96-87 loss to the Utah Jazz Saturday night.
After intentionally making contact with the referee, Brown was rejected and refused to immediately leave the court. The incident started when Pau Gasol was stripped by a Jazz defender and fell to the floor without a whistle. Brown relentlessly argued the call until being charged with a technical foul which was then followed up by the contact with referee Zach Zarba.
The suspension will take place tonight as the Lakers take on the (17-7) 76ers in Philadelphia. Even though Brown has yet to apologize, he at least understands why he is being suspended and fined.
“I understand it,” Brown said this morning. “They have a protocol that they have to follow, so I understand it.”
“We got a veteran staff, we got veteran players and we’re getting a little bit better every game,” Brown continued. “I put the guys in a hole in Utah. It was a game we still had a chance to win, even though it was a little tight or a little physical down the stretch. I feel confident about this team, especially the way we’ve played as of late. I think they’ll be fine without me.”
The Lakers are currently seventh in the Western Conference with a 14-10 record.