Danny Ferry, the general manager for the Atlanta Hawks, has been fined $15,000 for “inappropriate interaction” with the officials following the Hawks’ 89-81 loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Hawks general manager Danny Ferry was fined $15,000 by the NBA Monday for ‘inappropriate interaction’ with the game officials following Saturday’s loss to the Celtics at Philips Arena.
According to ESPN, Ferry approached the refs and handed them a DVD of Celtics’ guard Rajon Rondo bumping referee Rodney Mott. They watched it, passed it along to the league, and discipline chief Stu Jackson had no choice but to suspend Rondo. But the league also came down on Ferry, because complaints and game footage must be sent directly to league offices, not handed to officials cornered in the tunnel. The GM got what he deserves.
Rondo served a one-game suspension Monday night, because of an incident that happened in the third quarter Saturday’s game, when Mott whistled Rondo for a charge. Rondo freaked out and approached Mott to argue the call, bumping him ever so slightly. Rondo wasn’t given the automatic technical that comes with touching a ref. It’s not clear Mott even noticed the bump.