Wizards’ Bradley Beal sarcastically defends himself over blatant travel
In the fourth quarter, Beal drove baseline and clearly did not know what to do, so he took about eight million and one steps before passing the ball off.
Somehow, this atrocity was not called a travel:
Cancel NBA refs. pic.twitter.com/KybFya8cRh
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) February 12, 2019
It honestly does not get any more blatant than that.
I mean, that’s a travel you would even call if you were refereeing a bunch of eight-year olds in rec basketball. For officials on the NBA level to miss that call is just mind-boggling.
Imagine if that happened in a big game and altered the outcome? It would be worse than the NFC Championship Game.
Even Beal himself had to know he had gotten away with a crime against humanity, and afterward, he confirmed as much by making a sarcastic reference to the obvious walk on Twitter:
Look clean to me 😂😂🤷🏽♂️ https://t.co/xyx0qlF3wd
— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) February 12, 2019
Now, luckily for the Pistons, the non-call had no effect on the game whatsoever, as Detroit came away with a 121-112 win.
But seriously, the NBA needs to look into this, because if that happens in a bigger game on a bigger stage, I can’t even imagine the type of media, fan and player backlash that would ensue.
As for Bradley Beal? He ended up with 32 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and a couple of steals on what was just another miserable night in what has been a season full of them for the Wizards.