INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY TIM MACMAHON (ESPN) WITH CREW CHIEF RODNEY MOTT FOLLOWING TONIGHT’S SACRAMENTO KINGS AT DALLAS MAVERICKS GAME
May 2, 2021
QUESTION: Why was the first technical foul called on Luka Doncic?
MOTT: “The first technical foul was called after a correct call, offensive foul, and in transition he runs past me and he screams ‘hell no’ as he shakes his fist. Which is a disrespectful response to a referee, that is unsportsmanlike.”
QUESTION: Why was the second technical foul called on Doncic?
MOTT: “The second technical foul was called for throwing the ball due to frustrations of a call. Throwing the ball, the length of the court in an overt manner which is also an unsportsmanlike technical foul.”
QUESTION: “Why was that unsportsmanlike instead of delay of game?”
MOTT: “We had a time out and he takes the ball and he doesn’t throw it to the nearest official, he throws the ball the length of the court which makes it an unsportsmanlike act. The rule clearly states that you have to hand the ball to the nearest official.”
QUESTION: Why was the second technical foul called on Rick Carlisle?
MOTT: “Rick Carlisle called a timeout and then he came out on the floor and he addressed the official in a disrespectful manner using vulgarity. Which was his second technical foul so therefore he was ejected.”