Lower than two minutes into the NBA sport, Thomas turned tangled with Portland’s Carmelo Anthony – then made contact with referee Marat Kogut whereas attempting to interrupt free.
Consequently, Thomas obtained a technical foul and was ejected.
“He made physical contact with the referee,” referee Mark Ayotte stated in a report after the sport. “It was undoubtedly only a push through the useless ball contact with the referee.”
Wizards coach Scott Brooks thought the contact was unintentional.
“I mean I had a different view of it obviously,” Brooks told The Associated Press. “They were in a scrum and they were fighting for the ball, a jump ball. I had a view that it looked like he lost his balance but (Kogut) had a better view and then they looked at it. They looked at it so you would hope they made the right call.”
Thomas wasn’t instantly obtainable for remark.
Simply final month, Thomas received a two-game suspension after strolling into the stands in Philadelphia to confront two followers who have been heckling him.
On Friday night time, with out Thomas and star Bradley Beal, the Wizards misplaced to Portland, 122-103.
The Related Press contributed to this story.