According to an ESPN article published on April 24, 2023, the Phoenix Suns’ point guard, Jamal Murray, was ejected in the fourth quarter of the Suns’ 116-105 win over the Denver Nuggets. The ejection happened after Murray bumped into referee Natalie Sago while protesting a call.
In a post-game press conference, Murray explained that his actions were not intentional and that he has a history with Sago, whom he says he has known since high school. He went on to say that “a lot” led to the bump, including Sago’s calls throughout the game and his frustration with the Nuggets’ recent struggles.
Murray’s ejection came after a strong performance, during which he scored 28 points and dished out 7 assists in 32 minutes. His ejection is a setback for the Nuggets, who are fighting for a playoff spot in the highly competitive Western Conference.
The incident is also significant because it highlights the ongoing tension between NBA players and officials. The NBA has been working to improve the relationship between players and officials, but incidents like this show that there is still work to be done. The league will likely review the incident and could potentially issue a fine or suspension to Murray for his actions.