There are many individuals San Antonio Spurs fans love to hate. The list includes Mavs’ Jason Terry and owner Mark Cuban, ex-NBA coach Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant and many others but also included in that list is NBA referee Joey Crawford.
Crawford joined that list in 2007 in a game against the Dallas Mavericks for ejecting Tim Duncan for simply laughing while on the bench and by challenging TD to a fist-fight.
Crawford would eventually be suspended for his actions and the Spurs and Duncan would go on to win their fourth NBA title.
Fast forward to today and Crawford still draws the ire of Spurs fans but as he looks back at that incident, Joey considers that among his chief regrets in his long career as an NBA ref.
The Duncan thing probably changed my life. It was just — you come to the realization that maybe the way you’ve been doing things is not the proper way and you have to regroup, not only on the court but off the court.
I had seen a sports psychologist before that. But after, I saw him a lot more.
Since then I am sure he and TD have buried the hatchet and there had been no other incidents but Spurs fans still make it a point to let Joey know exactly how they feel about him whenever he is reffing a Spurs game.
Crawford also admits he has anger management issues but sees a psychologist to keep it under control.
So what say you Spurs fans? After reading Crawford’s regret over this incident, is all forgiven or do you still love to hate Crawford?