Denver Nuggets' star Nate Robinson has sensationally claimed that referees in the NBA actively look to punish him above other players.
The point guard, who regularly likes to commentate in the middle of games about what is going on on-court, committed his second technical foul in as many matches during the Nuggets' 97-95 victory over the New York Knicks, and hit out at officials who he believes dislike him.
"They hate me, they hate me,” he said.
“I don’t know why, but it is what it is. I already know I’ve got the target on my back, but I’ll play through it; I don’t care. I really don’t. It doesn’t bother me none."
It's rumoured in some quarters that Robinson's mouth is what makes him stand out in terms of getting reprimanded for technical fouls. The 29-year-old has been known to chat-back to referees, as well as do his best to put off opposing players.
Robinson accumulated 11 technicals during the 2012/2013 season, despite the fact that he only played 25.3 minutes- perhaps highlighting that he's more prone to being punished than others on the court.