Warriors' Shaun Livingston & Referee Courtney Kirkland Both Suspended For Altercation Sunday


Warriors guard Shaun Livingston was suspended one game Monday, and National Basketball Association referee Courtney Kirkland has been removed from the league's officiating rotation for one week following Sunday night's on-court altercation, the league announced Monday.

Though, the more interesting aspect of the NBA's decision is that it has removed Kirkland from officiating Association games for the next week.

What we weren't sure about, however, was whether or not Kirkland would be punished for his role in the incident.

As you can see, both are to blame for the altercation.

The Golden State Warriors guard didn't get a foul call on a turnaround shot from the low post and immediately turned to one of the referees to complain. The ref ejected Livingston from the game. So the only thing this costs him is north of $50,000. Steve Kerr said on Sunday that Livingston would be rested on Monday night, so it's quite unusual to see him hit with the questionable tag with a non-injury issue.

Kirkland's suspension will begin on Monday and run through Sunday, Dec. 10. Kirkland will return to game action on December 11.

Any time a player makes contact with an official, an ejection and suspension are likely to be administered.

The NBA official, Courtney Kirkland, will also be suspended for one week without pay.