Loony referee reaction stuns basketball
A basketball referee is under fire in the United States for delivering one of the most over-the-top ejections the sport has seen recently.
WNBA fans and commentators are still trying to get their heads around the moment Chicago Sky star Astou Ndour was ejected from the game on the spot during their loss to the Washington Mystics on Monday morning.
The crazy moment came after the Chicago bench was issued a technical foul for comments made by the team’s coaching staff.
Just seconds later as referee Kevin Fahy was walking towards the scorers’ bench, he brushed against Ndour as the star centre was walking towards him to show off an injury complaint she was trying to make the officials aware of after claiming to have received heavy contact down the other end of the floor.
Fahy’s attention however was on Ndour’s teammate over his other shoulder and he was completely oblivious of Ndour’s presence as he walked right into her right arm, which the Spanish star was holding out in front of herself in a bid to show off a mark to the whistleblower.
Unfortunately, that minor contact was the spark for one of the craziest referee meltdowns of the year as Fahy sprung back onto his back foot with a stunned, reflex reaction to his slow-motion collision with Ndour’s arm.
WNBA star Astou Ndour is ejected for making contact with the referee.Source:Twitter
After taking a split second to assess the situation, Fahy’s bottom jaw dropped to the floor as he immediately concluded the Chicago player had made illegal contact with himself in a sport where referee contact has an absolute zero tolerance policy.
Fahy then snatched for his whistle and hit Ndour with a technical foul and an immediate ejection with a dramatic multi-step send-off signal as he pointed Ndour towards her dressing room.
Stunned at Fahy’s over-reaction, Ndour initially protested the harsh ejection as her teammates and coaching staff jumped to her defence.
In response to the protest Fahy again made a dramatic decision to call security onto the floor to escort Ndour away.
With most fans still scratching their heads, Ndour eventually walked away of her own volition and then ended up running off the court towards the showers, leaving two security staff stranded in her wake trying to catch up.
Here's the video replay of the Astou Ndour ejection: pic.twitter.com/MipIgQdfSM
Despite Fahy being roasted on social media for his over-the-top ejection, Ndour took to Twitter to declare she respected Fahy’s decision to throw her out of the game.
She admitted, however, that she has no clue what she did exactly to warrant her instant ejection.
“I have always shown great respect for the referees and my career supports me,” she posted on Twitter.
“I still don’t understand very well what happened today and I don’t agree, but I respect the decision. I will continue to work hard. Let’s go.”
I have always shown great respect for the referees and my career supports me.I still don't understand very well what happened today and I don't agree, but I respect the decision.I will continue to work hard.Let’s go #Quickturn #Bigchallengecoming #Playoffstime #[email protected] pic.twitter.com/2jWNlcCXYy
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