If the No. 7 seeded Hawks are going to extend their season it will be without Dejounte Murray, as the NBA on Monday announced the one-game suspension of the All-Star guard for bumping referee Gediminas Petraitis at the conclusion of Sunday night's loss.
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Murray was later yelling in Petraitis' direction while getting held back by Hawks personnel and had to be ushered to the locker room by his teammates.
Dejounte Murray has been suspended for Game 5 against the Celtics after making contact with an official at the end of the Hawks Game 4 loss. pic.twitter.com/3U2Uhd3afE— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) April 24, 2023
According to Murray, "there was a lot" that led up to Sunday's incident involving him bumping Petraitis. On Tuesday morning, he said he's been experiencing "one-sided" treatment from Petraitis dating back years and his time with the San Antonio Spurs.
"I'm a grown man," Murray said during shootaround. "And I hold my own and I take full responsibility for not being able to play for my teammates, and the fans, and just the organization as a whole. But at the end of the day, there's a lot that led up to that, and I think a lot of players could relate to those frustrations."
"I'm just a guy that likes to have conversations, especially with the referees," Murray added. "And if you ask 98% of them why they greet me before games, they'll tell you because I'm one of the respectful ones. I don't cry about calls. I don't disrespect them, call them out of their names, or none of that. So whatever happened, happened. I just feel we should all be held accountable from players, coaches, even the referees. It shouldn't be one-sided, you know."
"At the end of the day, I'm suspended," Murray said. "It's been in the past and I'm not going to sit there and worry about it. It is what it is."
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