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NBA suspends Montrezl Harrell 5 Games for shoving D-League Referee

By Tamberlyn Richardson
Feb 6, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Montrezl Harrell (35) reacts while playing against the Portland Trail Blazers in the second half at Toyota Center. Portland won 96 to 79. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 6, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Montrezl Harrell (35) reacts while playing against the Portland Trail Blazers in the second half at Toyota Center. Portland won 96 to 79. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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The NBA has responded swiftly to the D-League incident where Montrezl Harrell pushed a referee suspending him 5 games.

As per Quoc Thai’s article which ran earlier today:

“At the end of the D-League game vs. Bakersfield Jam, Montrezl Harrell got into a physical fight with Derek Cooke, an undrafted big man out of Wyoming. Cooke initiated the confrontation when he shoved Harrell. When an official stepped in, the Houston Rockets’ second round pick pushed him, which resulted in the official falling on his back.”

Well it took very little time for the National Basketball Referees Association to respond and indeed the punishment is severe – – 5 games. Also, Montrezl Harrell will not be able to return to play with the main club until his D-League suspension has run it’s course.

In terms of the punishment the NBRA said:

“Harrell committed a deliberate assault and battery against referee Goldenberg. Anything less than a multiple-game suspension would constitute a green light for violence against officials”

At @YahooBDL: Rockets rookie Montrezl Harrell shoves referee to ground after D-League game. https://t.co/4WG8NyV7Q3 https://t.co/dap9tN4MtE

— Dan Devine (@YourManDevine) March 29, 2016

In a season where the Rockets have constantly been in the news either for their inconsistent efforts or internal chemistry issues this is yet another black mark on the franchise at a time when all they should be focused on is making the post season and improving the team.

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