Tristan Thompson Gets Ejected From Game For Unsportsmanlike Butt Slap
NBA star, Tristan Thompson was ejected in the third quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night’s (Jan. 17th), 113-109 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
During the exchange, Tristan Thompson was at the free throw line as Jae Crowder passed by as he was attempting to sub out of the game. Tristan Thompson reached down to give Jae Crowder a smack while the Grizzlies forward attempted to push off his hand.
Tristan Thompson gets ejected for slapping Jae Crowder on the butt ??? pic.twitter.com/uzjTOu0lIL
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) January 18, 2020
According to reports, Thompson was given his first technical foul of the game in the first half after Crowder and Thompson were involved in a heated exchange. Crowder was also given a technical foul for their exchange as well.
Thompson was quickly T’d up for a “slap to the backside,” crew chief Kenny Mauer said after the game.
In addition, Kenny Mauer says Crowder wasn’t given his second technical because he did not say or respond in an unsportsmanlike.
”Crowder did not say one word during their incident not did he do anything unsportsmanlike that would have warranted his second technical foul.”
After the game, Crowder told reporters that Thompson’s actions were
“A lot of barking. No bite, obviously.”
— FOX Sports Grizzlies (@GrizzliesOnFSSE) January 18, 2020
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