Referee Eric Lewis is making big headlines these days and NBA fans still remember his role in the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics. The ref didn’t call a foul on Lakers superstar LeBron James and the purple and gold lost the game. On Jan. 28, LeBron almost completed a game-winning layup and was fouled by Jayson Tatum. However, refs didn’t call a foul and LeBron didn’t deliver a game-winning free throw. Cameras caught his on-court reaction, but nothing changed.
“I don’t understand,” LeBron said after the game. “Don’t understand what we’re doing, and I watch basketball every single day. I watch games every single day and I don’t see it happening to nobody else. It’s just weird.”
Patrick Beverley brought a camera to document the no-call and earned a technical foul. The Lakers finished the game with a 125-121 loss.
“The best player on Earth can’t get a call,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said. “It’s amazing. As much as you try not to put it on the officiating, it’s becoming increasingly difficult.”
It’s interesting to note that Lewis admitted that he had made a mistake back then.
“There was contact,” Lewis said. “At the time, during the game, we did not see a foul. The crew missed the play.”
Refs missed the play and the Lakers lost the game.
The NBA ref will have to answer questions about the Lakers game
According to Marc Stein, the NBA has launched an investigation into a Twitter account that could be related to Lewis. Sources reveal that this account is probably run by Lewis’ brother or someone who likes to play this role. Lewis has been frequently mentioned in the posts shared by this account.
Here’s a fun fact. Lewis was a ref in Game 7 of the series between the Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers.
Lewis is in the 19th season as a referee in the NBA. He has been a ref in almost 1,100 regular-season games in 18 seasons. Lewis has also officiated 82 playoff games including six in the NBA Finals. This investigation doesn’t really fit in his resume…