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NBA ref Tony Brothers missed game over foul outburst toward Mavericks’ Spencer Dinwiddie: report

Tony Brothers, a longtime NBA referee who has worked more than 1,700 games, was reportedly sidelined for one of them for using foul language toward a Dallas Mavericks player.

Spencer Dinwiddie accused Brothers earlier this month of calling him a “bada– motherf—–” in the second quarter after he was assessed a technical foul. The guard spoke about the incident after the game against the Toronto Raptors.

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Dallas Mavericks guard Spencer Dinwiddie, #26, takes a shot as Golden State Warriors’ Jordan Poole, second from right, and Kevon Looney, right, defend in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. 
(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

“I’m not even mad at the language,” Dinwiddie said, via ESPN. “Everybody has said things before when they are upset or feeling sensitive or hurt. That’s fine. Just say it to my face.”

NBA journalist Marc Stein reported Tuesday that Brothers was forced off the court for one game over the incident. The league reportedly never announced it because it was not official and Brothers did not miss a paycheck.

NBA referee Tony Brothers reacts during the New Orleans Pelicans against the Phoenix Suns during game two of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Footprint Center in Phoenix April 19, 2022.

NBA referee Tony Brothers reacts during the New Orleans Pelicans against the Phoenix Suns during game two of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Footprint Center in Phoenix April 19, 2022.
(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

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Dinwiddie told The Athletic about two weeks after the Nov. 4 incident the NBA reached out to him.

“I told them what happened. I was very clear with that part. After that, they do what they do, I don’t know,” he told the outlet.

Dallas Mavericks' Spencer Dinwiddie, right, drives past Milwaukee Bucks' Grayson Allen during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Milwaukee. 

Dallas Mavericks’ Spencer Dinwiddie, right, drives past Milwaukee Bucks’ Grayson Allen during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Milwaukee. 
(AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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Brothers has been in the NBA for 28 seasons. He has refereed 1,626 regular-season games and 174 playoff games.

Fox News’ Joe Morgan contributed to this report.

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