Former NBA sharpshooter JJ Redick last week revealed he was ejected from a youth basketball game for the first time in the latest episode of his podcast, “The Old Man & The Three.”
Redick set up the story by asking former NBA guard Jamal Crawford whether he had ever been thrown out of a youth basketball game. Crawford said he hadn’t, and Redick revealed the situation of his story that he said occurred on April 16 in New Jersey.
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The former Dallas Mavericks player said his team was down a point, and he thought a player on the other team had clearly traveled but didn’t get called for it. He said a player on his team was called for a travel even though it may have been borderline.
“I said to the ref, ‘Are you seriously not going to call a travel when you just called a travel on one of my kids?’ And he teed me up for that,” Redick said. “That’s all I said. And as I was walking away, I just give him, you know, my sarcastic, ‘Are you serious?’ And he tossed me for that.”
Redick said he was “amazed at my self-restraint” after deciding not to light up the referee after getting ejected.
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“This is the bulls—,” Redick added. “I go to shake the kids’ hands, the coach’s hands, and I go to the referee. I’m like, ‘Why did you throw me out? I didn’t raise my voice to you, I didn’t step to you.’ And you know, he said what he had to say, which I respect. Whatever, it’s all good. And then, the other team comes over and starts taking pictures with me. So, he realizes who I am at this point. And then he sees my coach later that day, and he says, ‘Hey, will you tell JJ I’m sorry? I shouldn’t have done that.'”
Redick, after a stellar collegiate career at Duke, played in the NBA From 2006 to 2021.
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During the 2020-2021 season, he played for the New Orleans Pelicans and the Mavericks. He averaged 7.4 points per game in 44 games.