NBA Fans Blow a Gasket After League Defends Insane Botched Call: ‘Cancel NBA Refs’


NBA star Bradley Beal committed such an egregious traveling violation last night that even he joked about it on Twitter, but that didn’t stop the league’s referee association from defending the five-step no-call.

The official Twitter account for the NBA’s referees responded to the incident, which occurred during the Washington Wizards’ 121-112 loss in Detroit last night, by stating that it “legal.”

“The offensive player gathers with his right foot on the ground. He then takes two legal steps, before losing control of the ball,” the NBA Referees Association wrote on Twitter in response to the website Complex calling to “cancel” the league’s officials. “After regaining possession, a player is allowed to regain his pivot foot and pass or shoot prior to that foot returning to the ground. This is legal.”

At the end of the contest last night, Beal laughed at the call on Twitter, writing that it “look clean to me ????‍♂️.”

Traveling has increasingly become a point of contention between the NBA and fans, as critics believe stars, like James Harden and LeBron James, get away with committing outrageous walking violations due to the legal ambiguity around certain step-back and hop-step moves.

Some of these angry NBA fans took to Twitter to lash out at the league for defending the call, with some joking that the call creates a new rule that allows players to take extra steps if they simply “bobble” the ball around. Read a few of the best posts from outraged NBA fans below:

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Caleb Ecarma was a reporter at Mediaite. Email him here: Follow him on Twitter here: @calebecarma