Back in April 2007, NBA referee Joey Crawford ejected San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan for laughing while sitting on the bench. He awarded two technicals to Tim Duncan in a very shot span of time forcing him to leave the game.
Unfortunately for Joey Crawford, he was the one who get ejected. He would miss all of the playoffs that year as NBA commissioner David Stern suspended Joey Crawford.
Joey Crawford has shown his temper before, like he did in game 2 of the 2003 Western Conference Finals when he called four technical fouls in the first 10 minutes of the game and threw out Dallas coach Don Nelson. Watch the wired version of Joey Crawford ejecting Don Nelson.
For Joey Crawford it was also a turn of events. Joey Crawford went to see a sports psychologist after having been suspended by the NBA. That helped him change the way he handled his job as well as with his anger management issues.
“The Duncan thing probably changed my life,” Crawford tells the Times. “It was just — you come to the realization that maybe the way you’ve been doing things is not the proper way and you have to regroup, not only on the court but off the court."