Dallas Mavericks

Referee apologizes for baiting Mavericks guard Deron Williams

Deron Williams and the Dallas Mavericks are struggling on the court in a variety of ways.
Deron Williams and the Dallas Mavericks are struggling on the court in a variety of ways.

The Dallas Mavericks have put away a rather bizarre situation with referee David Jones.

In a strange twist during Wednesday’s 102-96 loss to the Detroit Pistons, coach Rick Carlisle said Jones walked in the Mavericks’ huddle during a timeout with 7 minutes, 33 seconds left in the third quarter and inexplicably baited point guard Deron Williams, and then whistled the 11-year veteran for a technical foul.

Following the game, Carlisle said of the odd incident: “For the first time in (his) 33-year NBA career, I saw a referee make a point of going out of his way and walking into our huddle and baiting one of our guys into getting a technical. I've never seen anything like that in my years.

“I don't see how that can ever be excusable. So there are a lot of things happening right now and we've got to rise above them."

Before meeting with the media Thursday, Carlisle text a statement to some media members, which said: “With the league’s permission, referee David Jones contacted me today to apologize for the situation that developed with Deron Williams last night. I accepted his apology and told him that I now consider this matter in the past.’’

When he finally met with the media, Carlisle was asked if the league will take any action against him for criticizing Jones.

“I released my statement and I have no further statement at this time on that matter,” Carlisle said.

Ironically, this isn’t the first run-in Jones has had with Williams. While he played for the Brooklyn Nets, Williams was ejected from a Jan. 26, 2013 game against the Houston Rockets by Jones for arguing a call.

Williams refused to talk about the technical he received against the Pistons. But considering the circumstances, the NBA decided to rescind the technical foul Jones gave Williams.

Dwain Price: 817-390-7760, @dwainprice

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