Atlanta Hawks

Budenholzer Issues Statement

mike budenholzer media interview

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.

Leave a Comment