UPDATE 5:33 pm: The NBA has addressed the issue, through the comments of spokesman Tim Frank (via SB Nation):
“We investigated the content of the tweet when it appeared, found it to be without substance, and informed Mr. Spooner that we considered the matter closed. We subsequently advised Mr. Spooner’s lawyer that we did not think suing a journalist over an incorrect tweet would be productive. Nevertheless, Mr. Spooner and his lawyer decided to commence this litigation and any future inquiries should be directed to Mr. Spooner’s lawyer.”
Basically, the NBA didn’t feel like taking on the Associated Press, but if Spooner wants to that’s his fight.
7:40 am: Your tax dollars hard at work, helping NBA refs get over their emotional scars.
NBA referee Bill Spooner (a 22-year NBA veteran) is suing Associated press reporter Jon Krawczynski for $75,000 for a tweet he sent in game, according to the AP. Which means Spooner had to go hunt this tweet out from a beat writer long after the game ended. Tad bit thin skinned there?
Let the AP tell us about the original incident.
According to Spooner’s suit, (Wolves coach Kurt) Rambis took umbrage with a foul called against his team in the second quarter of a Jan. 24 game against the Houston Rockets. Spooner then told an upset Rambis that he’d review the call at halftime.
Rambis asked how his team was supposed to get the two points back. While Spooner’s suit claims he didn’t respond to the Minnesota coach’s question, Krawczynski tweeted otherwise.
“Ref Bill Spooner told Rambis he’d ‘get it back’ after a bad call,” Krawczynski tweeted. “Then he made an even worse call on Rockets. That’s NBA officiating folks.”
Spooner’s suit says he was defamed. Krawczynski is standing behind his tweet, and the AP is standing behind him.
This is the definition of a frivolous lawsuit. Spooner, just a word of caution — the coffee at McDonalds is very hot. Just trying to save you from having to file another suit.