Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd has been suspended one game without pay for “aggressively pursuing and confronting” a referee, knocking the ball out of his hands and not leaving the court “in a timely manner” after being ejected, the NBA announced Friday.
The incident occurred in the fourth quarter of the Bucks’ 129-118 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night:
This came just days after the Referees Association complained about Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer only receiving a fine for making contact with a referee on the court during a game last weekend. The NBRA believed Budenholzer should’ve been suspended instead of simply getting a $25,000 fine.
While the Budenholzer decision was at least somewhat debatable, the choice to suspend Kidd was an easy call. Arguing with a referee is one thing, but aggressively knocking the ball out of his hands is unacceptable, and Kidd topped it all off by failing to leave the court immediately.
Kidd will miss the Bucks’ game against the Orlando Magic on Friday night.
These weren’t the only fireworks from that game. After it ended, there was reportedly a heated altercation in the hallways of the stadium that included DeMarcus Cousins, O.J. Mayo and Jerryd Bayless. It’s safe to say tempers were running high on this night.