Atlanta Hawks President of Basketball Operations / Head Coach, Mike Budenholzer issued a statement regarding his bumping an official in Saturday night’s game against the Cavaliers in Cleveland.
“With the league’s permission, I have reached out to and apologized to Ben Taylor for what happened in the game versus Cleveland. Ben is an excellent young referee who is a valuable member of the NBA family. We all understand that any contact, including incidental contact with an official, is unacceptable. I accept the NBA’s fine and look forward to putting this situation in the past.”
Budenholzer accidentally bumped Taylor while pleading his case on a foul that wasn’t called when Justin Holliday drove the lane and got popped in the face.
The Hawks head coach was fined $25,000 for the contact, but not suspended. The NBA referees’ association reacted with anger to Budenholzer not getting suspended.