Here’s the league announcement...
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Marks was angered with the manner in which his team had been treated during the series.
Sources: Nets and GM Sean Marks were livid over belief Embiid’s flagrant 1 fouls in Games 2/4 should’ve been deemed a 2. More than message to league with ref challenge, Marks intended to message his team on how franchise is determined to support way they're competing in series.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 21, 2019
On Sunday night, minority owner Joe Tsai tweeted his and the “entire ownership group” support for Marks.
My partners and I have spoken and the entire Nets ownership group support our GM Sean Marks for protesting the wrong calls and missed calls. NBA rules are rules and we respect that, but our players and fans expect things to be fair.— Joe Tsai (@joetsai1999) April 22, 2019
Also, Sunday, the league announced a second set of fines, but no suspensions, for Jared Dudley and Jimmy Butler, the main protagonists in Game 4’s third quarter scrum.
The disparity drew sarcasm from Spencer Dinwiddie...
See! It’s even— Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) April 21, 2019
Then, there was the issue of the lack of a key call at game’s end. The league office admitted in the L2M report that indeed, the refs missed a foul on Allen with 12 seconds left.
(L2M also notes refs missed Dinwiddie carrying the ball with 1:45 left.)
The Nets former assistant GM, Bobby Marks, now with ESPN, said that Sean Marks decision to enter the refs’ private space may have been a no-no under league rules, but was understandable considering the circumstances.
Trust me.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) April 21, 2019
Anybody who has worked for a team has had thoughts of doing what Sean Marks did yesterday in Brooklyn. Certainly not allowed but the human element and emotions take over after a crushing loss, especially in the playoffs.
Marks was also seen giving Jared Dudley a high five after he was ejected in the third quarter following the scrum between the two teams that saw Dudley and Philly’s Jimmy Butler tossed.
Fans reacted strongly to the news with the Brooklyn Brigade offering Marks an alternative venue to watch Game 5 Tuesday night. Marks has been a big supporter of the Brigade, providing them with cases of Modelo’s on more than one occasion.
Dear Sean Marks,— The Brooklyn Brigade (@BrooklynBrigade) April 21, 2019
If your Game 5 suspension means you can’t travel, you’re ALWAYS welcome to watch the game with the #BrooklynBrigade!
We’ll be at @TheDouglassBK for Game 5 and if you wear your new Brooklyn Brigade cap, you’ll blend right in!#FromTheGrindUp #WeGoHard pic.twitter.com/L3bowSHvZg
Other fans suggested, in their own way, Marks was justified in going after the refs.
Sean Marks chasing the refs after blowing Game 4 pic.twitter.com/pX8Gjeq11Y— Squills (@Squills__) April 21, 2019
And of course, there’s a GoFundMe appeal...
Marks was recently extended by the Nets —and presumably given a big raise— for an undisclosed term, as have Kenny Atkinson and the team’s coaching and basketball operations staffs, a popular move among fans.
Nets fans already loved Sean Marks unconditionally. Him having his team's back enough to enter the referee's locker room (a HUGE no-no in the NBA), is only going to endear him to the Brooklyn fans even more. I'm guessing someone is already setting up a Go Fund Me to pay his fine!— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) April 21, 2019
The suspension means the Nets GM will not be on hand at Wells Fargo Center for Game 5. The 76ers lead the series 3-1 and a Nets loss would send Philly on to Toronto or Orlando for the second round. A Nets win and the series would return to Brooklyn for Game 6.
- NBA suspends Nets’ Sean Marks for entering refs’ locker room - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- NBA makes Jared Dudley and Jimmy Butler pay for Game 4 fracas - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- Nets’ Marks suspended for entering refs’ locker room - Greg Logan - Newsday
- Nets’ G.M. Sean Marks Suspended for Entering the Referees’ Locker Room - Benjamin Hoffman - New York Times
- Nets GM fined $25K, suspended for entering refs’ locker room - Brian Mahoney - AP
- Nets GM suspended; Dudley, Butler fined for Game 4 melee - New York Daily News
- The Nets may lose this series, but they’re winning the future - Kyle Wagner - New York Daily News
- Nets GM suspended for entering refs locker room - ESPN
- Nets GM Sean Marks fined, suspended after post-game confrontation with refs - Blake Schuster - Yahoo! Sports
- Dad plays hero by pulling son away from Nets-76ers fracas (Video) - Kurt Helin - NBC Sports
- NBA says Nets’ Allen was fouled late in Game 4 - Tim Bontemps - ESPN