Lakers Star LeBron James Calls Out Jayson Tatum Over Foul Play
The Los Angeles Lakers suffered another loss and fell to the Boston Celtics this time. LeBron James wasn’t happy with the outcome and he sure had something to say about the ugly Jayson Tatum play. The Celtics star fouled the four-time NBA champion and players had to do overtime.
What did LeBron do? He shared a photo of Tatum’s ugly foul and even tagged him…
Anthony Davis and other Lakers players criticized refs on the missed call.
“It’s bulls**t. It’s unacceptable,” AD said after the loss. “I guarantee you nothing is gonna happen to the ref. We got cheated tonight. It’s a blatant foul… Refs were bad tonight.”
LeBron criticized Jayson Tatum for a reason
Davis had a lot to say and so did LeBron. He couldn’t understand why refs ignored the foul play. The four-time NBA champion has seen a lot in his long career and this “block” is unacceptable on so many levels.
“You saw my reaction,” LeBron said. “Challenging. I don’t get it. I’m attacking the paint just as much as any of these other guys in this league shooting double-digit free throws a night. I don’t get it. I don’t understand.”
Officials responded to this criticism, and let’s just say this was like adding salt to the injury.
“There was contact. At the time, during the game, we did not see a foul. The crew missed the play,” crew chief Eric Lewis said immediately after the game.
The official NBA referees account offered a detailed response. Do they all make mistakes?
“Like everyone else, referees make mistakes. We made one at the end of last night’s game and that is gut-wrenching for us,” the account tweeted on Sunday. “This play will weigh heavily and cause sleepless nights as we strive to be the best referees we can be.”
Like everyone else, referees make mistakes. We made one at the end of last night’s game and that is gut-wrenching for us. This play will weigh heavily and cause sleepless nights as we strive to be the best referees we can be.https://t.co/WyN8QVuTOl— NBA Referees (@OfficialNBARefs) January 29, 2023
These missed calls have turned into an issue lately. Lakers players have seen this happen on multiple occasions in the last few weeks. Head coach Darvin Ham said his players have seen one too many challenges lately. Let’s see how it goes. Referees have “admitted” a lot of mistakes, but it didn’t change the Lakers’ losing record.