Dwight Howard is no stranger to receiving technical fouls. He has been one of the leaders in the past years and already has 12 so far this season.
The latest one was given to him on Saturday when the Atlanta Hawks faced the Portland Trail Blazers. He got his arm tangled with Jusuf Nurkic and when he swung it, the referees ruled it as a “hostile act” as he apparently motioned to taunt his defender.
Howard was not a fan of the call to say the least and called out the game’s officials via Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that all players should be treated the same way on the floor.
“I just think it was B.S. to be honest with you. I can’t sit up here and sugarcoat it. Player taunting. Me hitting someone in the chest. It shouldn’t be even reviewed. It should be going down on the next play and getting ready to play defense. Instead it was reviewed and said that I hit him in the face. You go look at the replay and it’s nowhere near his face. I don’t like it. Everybody should be treated the same way on the floor. No matter how strong you are, big you are, small you are, whatever it is. It’s NBA. It’s no boys allowed. We are all grown men out there. You have to be able to play out there.”
D-12 also did not agree with how the referees explained the call to him and even went as far as claiming that Nurkic flopped during the play.
“He said ‘If you would have hit him in the face than it would have been some more.’ I said ‘I didn’t hit him in the face.’ It didn’t make sense to me. (Nurkic) did a good job of acting it out. He should find a way to make it to Hollywood. Or they are doing films in Atlanta now. He can find a good film right here and do some acting. That’s what it was.”
The eight-time All-Star may argue with the technical foul but one thing that’s certain is the call will stand and he is now closer to his 16th of the season which will get him an automatic suspension. Howard should learn how to calm himself during games as he is a vital cog to the Hawks, who are looking to make a lot of noise in the playoffs.