Russell Westbrook says he didn’t mean to hit referee Tre Maddox with the basketball and apologised for the action after the 123-112 loss to the Hornets.
Westbrook threw the ball at Maddox’s head after Thunder called timeout in the first quarter with 3:13 left on the clock.
Maddox turned his head as Westbrook let go of the ball, and it hit the referee in the side of his face. He got a technical for that action.
“I called his name. He turned right at me and then looked away. I don’t know,” Westbrook said. “I don’t know what to tell you, brother. I really don’t. I’m not the type of guy. … I would never, ever disrespect the game like that and throw the ball at the referee. I’ve never done it before. That’s just not even heard of in the game before. To get a tech, it’s crazy to me. But you take the good with the bad.”