We know that star athletes all have to monitor what they say on social media, in fear of sanction from higher ups. But now it appears that so do announcers!
Dallas Mavericks public address announcer Sean Heath has been suspended for two games by the NBA after going on a mammoth twitter rant.
The Mavs need all the wins they can get as the post-season looms, they are fighting with the Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns for the last two seeds in the western conference and it is going down to the wire.
So when the Mavericks were screwed out of a 'W' due to a blown goaltending call on Jermaine O'Neal of the Golden State Warriors by the referees, fans weren't happy about it, and neither was Heath.
Heath took to social media to voice his displeasure, with the officials coming in for a whole host of barbs, and tagging the NBA's official account in his rant:
"@nba Danny Crawford just blew a goaltending call and cost the Mavs a game. We will all be awaiting your apology. #pathetic" the first tweet read. But he didn't stop there:
"That headline should read: Danny Crawford buries Mavericks. Again."
"@nba If you have the technology to get calls right, we'd all LOVE to see it implemented as soon as possible. These. Games. Matter. #thefans"
"@nba : The ONLY professional league in the US with the reputation that the games are rigged. Know why? Because of games like tonight. #shame"
Including the NBA's official twitter in his diatribe didn't help and then accusing referee Crawford of bias probably rubber-stamped his punishment. The 'reputation that games are rigged' wasn't exactly the smartest move either.