NBA Referee Suing AP and Sports Writer Jon Krawczynski Over Defamation Tweet

Posted Mar 16, 2011

NBA referee Bill Spooner is suing the Associated Press and sports writer John Krawczynski over defamation that was written in a tweet. Spooner has worked as a referee for 22 years and on January 24th, Krawczynski wrote a tweet that stated the referee promised a make-up call to Minnesota Timberwolves coach Kurt Ramis.

Spooner wants $75,000 plus the threat of punitive damages. Krawczynski sent out the tweet after Rambis complained to Spooner about a foul that was called against his team. “Ref Bill Spooner told Rambis he’d ‘get it back’ after a bad call,” wrote Krawczynski in the tweet. “Then he made an even worse call on the Rockets. That’s NBA officiating, folks.”

[NY Daily News]