The Philadelphia Daily News’ Phil Jasper is reporting that Allen Iverson tried confronting referee Marc Davis after the Sixers’ 94-88 loss to visiting Chicago on Saturday night.
Iverson approached Davis, one of the three officials who had worked the game, and had to be restrained by teammates.
Later, Billy King, the Sixers’ president and general manager, had to calm down Iverson in the hallway outside the team’s locker room after it appeared Iverson wanted to locate the officials’ dressing room.
Iverson, in a postgame interview by his locker-room cubicle, told reporters, “I never had a referee tell me he’d whup my ass, but that’s the way it went… I basically lost it after that. That was just strange.”
He also said, “I thought at times it got personal… ”
Asked which referee he meant, Iverson responded, “I don’t even know his name.”
He then identified the referee in question as “the bald-headed guy.”
Of the three officials, including Scott Foster and Robbie Robinson, only Davis is bald.
“I was upset about a lot of the calls that were made in the game,” Iverson said. “I thought at times it got personal, because a lot of the stuff that I was saying on the floor was like going back and forth with each other all through the game, and then when the game was over, it was crazy. I never had a referee tell me he’d whup my ass, but that’s the way it went… I basically lost it after that. That was just strange.”
Later, Iverson said: “But, I mean, it had been going on all game. I thought there were a lot of missed calls. I thought there were a lot of bad calls. I just got upset about the whole thing. I went to talk to [apparently indicating Davis] after the game, and we got into a little argument, and he said he’d whup my ass.”
Iverson said there had been “words” with the referees all evening, and didn’t feel that was unusual.
“I mean, not just him – him and another referee,” Iverson said. “I think one of them, we didn’t have any words throughout the game, but, I mean, I usually have words with referees during games, so that was natural. They didn’t do anything that any other refs don’t do, or it didn’t seem any different than any other time, except for him saying what he’d do to me.”
Rasheed Wallace was awarded the NBA’s Community Assist Award for February. Source with the Blazers once told me that the team nominated Wallace several times when he was in Portand and… after a few months, the league politely informed the Blazers to not bother nominating Wallace again.
I guess the NBA has re-thought that stance.