Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd was ejected Wednesday after knocking the ball out of the hands of an official.
During a timeout with 1:49 remaining in the fourth quarter of Milwaukee’s 129–118 loss to the Sacramento Kings, Kidd confronted one of the referees and slapped the basketball out of his right hand as he raised his whistle with the left. He was immediately ejected, and had to be restrained by players as he continued jawing.
It was unclear exactly what set Kidd off. He said after the game he and referee Zach Zarba started talking after Kidd asked for a timeout. “I’m trying one to protect my guys understanding that we felt we were getting fouled and the whistle wasn’t being blown,” Kidd told reporters in his postgame press conference.
A suspension could be on hand for Kidd, who has notably had issues with the league before. Wednesday marked the two-year anniversary of an incident in which Kidd, then the head coach of the Nets, instructed a player to spill his drink on him on purpose in order to get a late-game timeout. That stunt resulted in a $50,000 fine.
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Kidd explained what happened in greater detail during this video shot by Fox Sports Wisconsin.