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]