Bucks head coach Jason Kidd has been suspended one game without pay by the NBA for slapping the ball out of a referee’s arms late in Wednesday’s loss to the Kings, per the league office.
Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, Kiki VanDeWeghe, issued a statement Friday, detailing that Kidd was suspended for “aggressively pursuing and confronting a game official, slapping the ball out of his hands, and not leaving the court in a timely manner upon his ejection.”
The incident occurred with just under two minutes remaining Wednesday night. Milwaukee was trailing 120-109 at the time.
Jason Kidd just kinda lost his mind for a second. Whoa. pic.twitter.com/hQi1kdbHus
— Chris Towers (@CTowersCBS) November 26, 2015
As you can see, an exasperated Kidd slaps the ball out of referee Zach Zarba’s arms following a disagreement over a call. Kidd was immediately issued a pair of technicals and ejected from the game while being restrained by O.J. Mayo and Khris MIddleton, among other players.
“We had our discussion. He gave me a (technical),” Kidd said after the game. “From there, I was trying to protect my guys. Understanding that we felt that we were getting fouled and the whistle wasn’t being blown. My job is to protect those young guys. But that wasn’t the issue of the game. They got our temperature and saw we didn’t want to play defense.”
Kidd will not coach Friday’s game in Orlando (6:00PM CT, NBATV) but is expected to be back on the sideline for Sunday’s matchup with Charlotte.
Assistant Joe Prunty will serve as the head coach Friday, per CF Gardner of the Journal Sentinel. Prunty was a member of Kidd’s staff in Brooklyn, and he also took over while Kidd was suspended for the first two games of the 2013-14 season following a DUI that previous July.
While Kidd’s ejection was the headline-grabber from a frustrating night for Milwaukee, Mayo was reportedly involved in a postgame altercation with Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, per several sources.
Mayo and Cousins, who have a bit of a history, were seen jawing near the end of the game, and Mayo was reportedly escorted by teammates to his car in the player’s parking lot.
Wild finish at Bradley Center and security and police all over halls after game. Bucks players escorted O.J. Mayo to his car, source said.
— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) November 26, 2015