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Video: NBA Referee Joe DeRosa Throws Ball At Fan During Game 2

During halftime of Game 2, veteran NBA official Joe DeRosa threw a basketball at a taunting fan. The fan threw the ball right back, and DeRosa ordered that security remove the fan from his seat.

According to The Orlando Sentinel, the fan is Wyndham Vacation Ownership CEO Franz Hanning, who was relocated to another seat. The Sentinel also said Hanning is an acquaintance of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who lives in Orlando.

The NBA is reportedly reviewing the incident. What should they decide? Should DeRosa be fined/suspended? What about Hanning? Check out the video to decide for yourself.

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2 comments for “Video: NBA Referee Joe DeRosa Throws Ball At Fan During Game 2”

  1. Wrong on both sides, no one should be able to come that close to a ref while the game is on even at half-time it opens up a security risk and the ref was wrong for reacting like that throwing the ball. Fans have always yelled at refs how are you going to stop that but officials are held to higher responsibility. Lets help them out a little and be more secure about those who can approach

    Posted by Joel | May 20, 2010, 3:59 pm
  2. [...] Toss" }); At halftime of Tuesday night’s Game 2 in Orlando, veteran referee Joe DeRosa tossed a game ball at a heckling fan. The fan in question,  Franz Hanning, was prowling the alley behind the official [...]

    Posted by NBA Referee Joe DeRosa Suspended for Ball Toss | Sports of Boston | May 21, 2010, 3:22 am

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