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NBA Fines Ken Mauer For Incident With Zabian Dowdell

The NBA told SB Nation Arizona that it has fined both Mauer and Dowdell for the incident that occurred late in a game between the Suns and Thunder on March 30.

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NBA Fines Referee Ken Mauer Over Incident With Suns' Zabian Dowdell

There's a lot of important things going on the the NBA right now. The playoffs are underway and Phoenix rivals Lakers and Spurs are both down 0-1 in their series. The Heat look like the team everyone thought they would be, before they decided they weren't, but once again think they are. In Phoenix there's the little issue of the upcoming NBA Draft (June 23) and hanging over everything, of course, is the specter of an NBA lockout staring July 1 when the current CBA expires.

There was, however, the one small matter of the ugly incident that happened on the court at the end Suns' season in the final minutes of a blowout loss to the the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 30.

With 1:05 left in the game, NBA official Ken Mauer suddenly ejected Suns' rookie third-string point guard Zabian Dowdell. Aaron Brooks quickly followed Z to the locker room for an early shower. 

After the game it was reported that Mauer had told Dowdell "to stop being a little bitch". Dowdell said something back and Brooks get involved also which prompted Mauer to toss them both.

The NBA has given SB Nation Arizona the following statement on the results of their investigation of the incident:

"Both Kenny Mauer and Zabian Dowdell were fined after a review of the situation. While we do not believe Mauer used the language that was reported, his actions were still deemed to be inappropriate."

At the time of the incident the Suns instructed their players not to talk about what had happened. Dowdell, in a locker room interview, did acknowledge he was disrespected by the ref and that he asked Mauer if he would say that to him off the court.

Mauer is a convicted felon, having been found guilty in in 2000 of three counts of tax evasion and one count of obstruction of justice related to income from airline tickets that he and many other officials reportedly sold. Mauer was sentenced to five months in jail, five months of home detention, three years of supervised release and 800 hours of community service according to an AP report from 2001.


NBA Official 'Disrespected' Suns' Zabian Dowdell Before Ejections

In a messy end to an ugly game Phoenix Suns' reserve point guards Zabian Dowdell and Aaron Brooks were both ejected from the game by NBA official Ken Mauer with 1:05 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Suns were down 112-92 to the Oklahoma City Thunder at the time of the ejections.

A report from someone sitting court side near the incident was tweeted by KTAR radio personality, John Gambadoro claimed that the the official Ken Mauer told the Suns' rookie third-string point guard "to stop being a little bitch".

Dowdell then reportedly asked Maurer if he would say that to him off the court. Maurer ejected Dowdell and then immediately ejected Brooks who also said something to the official.

"Disrespectful, that's how it was. I think it was very disrespectful," Dowdell said when asked what the official said to him. "Obviously the game wasn't going the way we wanted it to go. I just think something like that was uncalled for."

Dowdell and other Suns players declined to go into additional detail. Center Marcin Gortat, however, stated he had never seen anything like it in his four years in the league but refused to specify what he was talking about.



Phoenix Suns Embarrassed On Home Court By OKC Thunder, 116-98

Yet another ugly loss for the Phoenix Suns who have many of them in the past few weeks. The Oklahoma City Thunder are simply in another class than the Suns and it showed. Unfortunately, in the process of getting blown out, the Suns disgraced themselves with multiple technical fouls and two ejections late in the game as Zabian Dowdell and Aaron Brooks were both tossed with under two minutes to go.

Alvin Gentry, with his team down 16 with five minutes to play, resorted to fouling Kendrick Perkins to put him on the free throw line. That didn't work either.

Vince Carter, who for some reason plays well against the Thunder, led the Suns with 28 points on 11 of 19 shooting. The Suns held Kevin Durant to 22 points on 8-18 but couldn't contain the rest of the explosive Thunder team.

As the Suns season comes to a close the team promise to fight and and act professionally. That didn't happen here tonight. The Suns' next game is on Friday at home against the Los Angeles Clippers. 

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