Celtics coach Doc Rivers called it “sour grapes” that Hawks general manager Danny Ferry gave officials a DVD believed to show guard Rajon Rondo bumping a referee during a loss last week.
Rondo was subsequently suspended by the NBA for one game for bumping referee Rodney Mott while arguing a charging call in Saturday’s game and failure to cooperate with a league investigation. Rondo was not penalized at the time. The NBA also fined Ferry $15,000 for “inappropriate interaction” with officials after the game. Although the league did not elaborate on the reason for the fine, it was the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that reported Ferry gave the officiating crew a DVD believed to contain footage of the play. Video of the incident was also played by NBA TV.
“Well, I do (have a problem with it),” Rivers said to Boston radio station WEEI Thursday morning on his weekly interview. “Guys do that. I rarely do that. I don’t know if I’ve ever done that — I’ve been in the league awhile — where you’re turning other players in and stuff. I don’t know. I don’t like it, but it’s his choice.”
The station then asked Rivers if he was satisfied that Ferry was fined.
“You know, I don’t care,” Rivers said. “I really don’t. It didn’t bother me one way or the other. I just didn’t like it, especially in a game like that. That wasn’t the reason they lost, you know? So to me that is sour grapes, and I don’t like that.”
Ferry declined to comment on Rivers’ interview.
- Chris Vivlamore
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