John Wall demands ‘respect’ after second ejection in two games
Things were already going poorly for John Wall even before he took the court for Wednesday’s game against the Boston Celtics at Verizon Center. The Washington Wizards star then made matters worse.
It was announced Wednesday that Wall has fined $25,000 for his conduct in the final minute of Monday’s loss to the Houston Rockets for what the NBA called “inappropriate interaction with a game official and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection.”
John Wall gets his second technical foul of the game and is ejected after bumping into a referee. pic.twitter.com/E2RQlO11QV
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And then, in Wednesday’s game with the Wizards up by 20 points in the fourth quarter on the way to a 118-93 victory, Wall clotheslined Celtics guard Marcus Smart in the backcourt, resulting in officials assessing a Flagrant Foul 2 violation and an ejection.
Wizards’ John Wall ejected for Flagrant 2 foul on Celtics’ Marcus Smart. Appeared to pull him down by the head/shoulders pic.twitter.com/M6SSQqXR2N
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A defiant Wall after the game called out officials, claiming Avery Bradley stepped on him at some point during the win.
“Just getting frustrated,” he said, via CSN Mid-Atlantic. “My finger was bleeding the whole game. Got stepped on on purpose. Drove to the basket a couple times, didn’t get calls. The play before I (drove) and got smacked right across the face. On my ear. So I just let my frustration get the best of me.”
Wizards head coach Scott Brooks said the team, presumably speaking of Wall specifically, has “to keep our composure,” especially when up big late in games.
Smart also expressed his thoughts concerning the incident after the game.
“He made a hard foul and I didn’t take too fond of it,” said Smart, via MassLive.com. “So I let him know what I had to say. I ain’t backing down from nobody and that’s going to be understood from here on out. I don’t know what he thought but I think he got the message.”
In the end, that makes two ejections in two games for Wall. It’s likely he faces another fine or possibly a suspension. Either way, Wall, after picking up a Flagrant Foul 1 earlier this season, already is halfway to the six flagrant points that automatically would net him a one-game ban.
Wall, though, remained unapologetic and defiant in the face of potential punishment.
“They’ll find time to respect me,” he said.
[Ball Don’t Lie]