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National Basketball Association suspends Shaun Livingston, disciplines referee Courtney Kirkland for on-court altercation

National Basketball Association suspends Shaun Livingston, disciplines referee Courtney Kirkland for on-court altercation

Livingston will be suspended one game while Kirkland will be suspended for one week.

The NBA has suspended Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston for one game and removed official Courtney Kirkland from the officiating rotation for a week because of an altercation during a game Sunday.

That is the case, but Kirkland isn't being absolved of fault in the incident by the league.




He slowly approached the referee, initially, but never made contact before Kirkland walked closer to Livingston and bumped heads with him.

Livingston will serve his suspension on Monday when the Warriors face the Pelicans in New Orleans. There was 6:24 left in the second quarter at the time. Asked for his explanation of what occurred, Kirkland said, "The reason that Shaun Livingston was ejected was for making physical contact with me". His other ejection happened in Game 4 of the 2016 Western Conference semifinals in Portland after arguing with official Scott Foster.

The Warriors were already missing reserve shooting guard Andre Iguodala, who was sitting out for rest purposes, so Livingston's ejection limits the team to four guards for the rest of the game. It was only one technical foul and he was ejected immediately.