|Union chief would welcome suspended referee back|
|Written by Admin|
|Saturday, 19 May 2007 09:05|
``We hated to see Joey get canned,'' Hunter told a sports lawyers' convention on Saturday. ``I think in all probability Joey will be back. We've expressed our willingness to work with him.''
Crawford ejected Duncan from a game last month after calling a second technical foul on the Spurs star while he was laughing on the bench. Duncan said Crawford looked at him and said, ``Do you want to fight?''
NBA commissioner David Stern suspended Crawford, who has worked more postseason games than any active ref at least through the NBA finals. Crawford was cited for ``improper conduct'' and ``inappropriate comments made to Duncan during the game.''
Stern said Crawford's actions ``failed to meet the standards of professionalism and game management we expect of NBA referees.''
Crawford said Duncan swore at him.