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Blake Griffin Ejected for Clobbering Taj Gibson with a Forearm to the Face (Video)
Blake Griffin was handed a flagrant 2 and ejected during the Clippers’ 83-80 loss to the Bulls on Thursday night. And it understandably made a lot of Clippers fans pretty angry.
The play came midway through the third quarter with the Clippers trailing by 14 points. Bulls forward Taj Gibson got the ball in the low post, muscled his way underneath the basket, and went up for the shot. However, Blake Griffin clobbered him in the face with his forearm before he could get anywhere near the rim.
Take a look:
Obviously Blake Griffin did not intend to whack Gibson in the face. He immediately apologized to Gibson, who clearly indicated that he held no grudge.
Unforunately, when it comes to flagrant fouls, the NBA rulebook says nothing about intent.
Here’s what it does say:
Flagrant “1″ (FFP1) – unnecessary contact committed by a player against an opponent. The opposing team is awarded two (2) free throws and possession.
Flagrant “2″ (FFP2) – unnecessary and excessive contact committed by a player against an opponent. The opposing team is awarded two (2) free throws and possession and the player committing the foul is automatically ejected.
Was Griffin’s contact excessive? That’s a matter of opinion. And the referees opined that it was.
Unforutnately, there’s a pretty fine line between a highlight reel block and a flagrant 2 that gets you ejected.