Indianapolis mayor outlaws goaltending in city amid LeBron controversy
Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett on Thursday jokingly issued an executive order banning goaltending in the city in light of a controversial play involving LeBron James during Wednesday’s Game 5 between the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers.
The play in question occurred in the waning moments of Game 5 when James rose up and blocked Victor Oladipo’s driving reverse layup with 3.3 seconds remaining in the game.
It looks like the officials missed a major goaltend call here pic.twitter.com/qEYZhPDYbT
— Dime on UPROXX (@DimeUPROXX) April 26, 2018
James went on to hit a game-winning, buzzer-beating three-pointer to lead the Cavs to a 98-95 victory.
There was much debate afterward whether the block was clean or was a goaltend. Oladipo clearly thought James goaltended on the play. James not surprisingly begged to differ.
However, a conclusion was later reached courtesy of the NBA’s Last Two-Minute Report indicating the league determined that James did in fact goaltend on the play.
“(Above the rim view) shows that James (CLE) blocks Oladipo’s (IND) shot attempt after it makes contact with the backboard,” the ruling read.
And now, Mayor Hogsett has since reacted to the controversy by issuing an executive order deeming goaltending illegal in the City of Indianapolis.
Oh — one more thing. By executive order, I am proud to outlaw goaltending in the City of Indianapolis… for every player, on every team.
I’m ready for Game 6, are you? #Pacers #Together pic.twitter.com/JDKnufwWq9
— Mayor Joe Hogsett (@IndyMayorJoe) April 26, 2018
The mayor certainly deserves credit for trying to get the locals remain positive despite the unfortunate — and potentially series-altering — circumstances that led to his “order.”
Game 6 between the Pacers and Cavaliers in the teams’ Eastern Conference quarterfinal series tips off Friday night in Indianapolis’ Bankers Life Fieldhouse with the Pacers fighting for their playoff lives down 3-2.