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NBA Referee Sidelined for Profane Insult Toward Spencer Dinwiddie

The NBA reportedly sidelined referee Tony Brothers for one game after he called Mavericks guard Spencer Dinwiddie a “b---h-ass motherf---er” during Dallas’s game against the Raptors on Nov. 4.

Brothers is one of the league’s most senior referees, having been officiating since the 1994–95 season. According to NBA insider Marc Stein, the NBA did not announce the decision to sit Brothers because it was not a formal suspension.

Dinwiddie discussed Brothers’s remark in the postgame news conference following the Mavericks’ 111–110 victory over the Raptors. The Mavericks’ guard had been assessed a technical foul in the second quarter of the game.