National Basketball Association suspends Shaun Livingston one game, referee gets a week


It appeared the ref moved towards Livingston, so the National Basketball Association suspended Kirkland one week for his role in the incident as well.

The NBA has suspended both Shaun Livingston and referee Courtney Kirkland for their confrontation on Sunday. Livingston will be suspended for one game - Monday's game in New Orleans where he was scheduled to rest anyway - while Kirkland will be suspended a week without pay.

The two bumped heads before Kirkland gave Livingston a technical foul and immediately ejected him.

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The altercation started when Livingston aggressively approached Kirkland as he protested a non-call in the Warriors' 123-95 win over the Heat, NBA officials said. After getting tossed from the game, Livingston untucked his white jersey as he walked off the court.

Shams Charania of The Vertical reported the news Monday, noting Kirkland will also be "removed" for a week. "He's a pro that's been in the league for so long and just plays the game and doesn't really say much". His other ejection happened in Game 4 of the 2016 Western Conference semifinals in Portland after arguing with official Scott Foster.

Livingston has averaged 11.0 FanDuel points in 15.2 minutes per game this season.