New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The NBA has suspended Dallas Mavericks public-address announcer Sean Heath two games because of his tweets criticizing officiating, according to sources.
Sources said that the league issued the suspension Thursday but granted a request from the Mavs to postpone it until the next game to give the team time to find a suitable replacement for Heath, who is known for his high volume and passion.
The suspension will officially begin Saturday night, when the Mavs face the Phoenix Suns in their final home game of the regular season.
Heath will complete the suspension either in the first home game of the playoffs or next season’s home opener, depending on whether the Mavs advance.
Heath, who declined to comment, posted a series of tweets on his account (@theseanheath) with 253 followers regarding the officiating after the Mavs’ 122-120 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors on April 1.
Among Heath’s tweets were:
@nbaDanny Crawford just blew a goaltending call and cost the Mavs a game. We will all be awaiting your apology. #pathetic
@EyeOnBasketball That headline should read: Danny Crawford buries Mavericks. Again.
@nba If you have the technology to get calls right, we’d all LOVE to see it implemented as soon as possible. These. Games. Matter. #thefans
@nba : The ONLY professional league in the US with the reputation that the games are rigged. Know why? Because of games like tonight. #shame
The league office admitted that Warriors center Jermaine O’Neal should have been called for goaltending when he blocked a potential go-ahead shot by Mavs guard Monta Ellis with 16 seconds remaining in overtime.