The Dallas guard was irritated by an alleged remark made to one of his teammates by official Tony Brothers.
During Friday night’s game against the Raptors, Mavericks guard Spencer Dinwiddie took issue with referee Tony Brothers’ behavior, accusing the senior official of using obscene language to describe him to one of his Dallas teammates after calling him for a technical foul.
Dinwiddie was called for a technical foul by Brothers with 47.8 seconds left in the second quarter after approaching him to argue a take foul call.
Speaking to reporters after the Mavericks’ 111-110 victory, Dinwiddie began by saying that he may have used a swear word to convey his point, but not in a disrespectful way.
Brothers had referred to Dinwiddie as a “b—— ass mother———.”
Dinwiddie then stated that a teammate later in the game informed him that Brothers had referred to him as a “b—— ass mother———.”
“I apologize to Tony Brothers for what appeared to irritate him, which was a clap,” Dinwiddie explained.
“He thought it was impolite. If you watch the games, and I know that’s what refs are meant to do, you’ll notice that I applaud to grab the attention of my teammates and other such things, but it was nothing personal, so as a man, I’d like to apologize first and foremost.
“And secondly, not only do I want my [fine] money back, but I also don’t want to be labeled a b—— ass mother———. to my teammates.”
Dinwiddie explained that he understood officials felt the heat of the moment during a game, but he simply wanted Brothers to say something to him directly rather than behind his back.
“Everybody’s a competitor out there,” Dinwiddie said,
“Everyone out there is a competition,” Dinwiddie told the reporter. “I realize it’s the heat of the moment. I’ve absolutely used curse words, but if I was playing against someone on the other team and they said that to one of my teammates, I’d be like, ‘Hey, I’m right here.’
But, because [referees] are obviously in positions of authority and such, you can’t necessarily ask for that address, so I’m just taking a fair stance and saying, ‘Hey, look, if you feel that way, great by me; just say it to my face, like any other adult man.’ That’s all I’m looking for.
“I’m not even upset about the language. Everyone has said things in the past when they are upset, sensitive, or hurt. That’s all right. Simply say it to my face.”
After the game, Brothers, a 29-year veteran referee and one of the league’s longest-tenured officials were not available for comment.