The league announced its decision late Saturday afternoon on the foul call that led to Tatum's ejection with 1.1 seconds left in the third quarter of the C's victory over the Sixers.
Jayson Tatum’s (BOS) Flagrant Foul 1 against Robert Covington (PHI) at 0:1.1 of the 3rd qtr on 12/1/23 has been downgraded to a common foul upon league office review.https://t.co/OvJKKDpIfh— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) December 2, 2023
Tatum, who had only been thrown out of a game on one other occasion in his career, said he was "extremely surprised" of Friday's ejection at TD Garden.
"I've been in the league long enough [and] I've seen a lot worse be tolerated for a lot longer," Tatum said. "For those two to throw me out of the game, I was shocked."
"I felt like I got fouled," Tatum said. "I was just trying to have a conversation about that play. It was just kind of simple as that."
"I actually like some of that. I think some of that is important," Mazzulla said in his postgame presser. "Obviously you don't want it to get to where it gets in the way of winning, but I think that type of passion and caring about it -- I'd rather see that then nothing at all. Sometimes you pick and choose your spots."
"They was ready. They was ready to throw me out," Tatum said of Buchert and Ransom. "The magic words? Did I cuss? No I didn't. I didn't say a cuss word. If you watch the clip you can probably read my lips. No hand gestures. Me and Bill [Kennedy] were having a conversation and the other two refs. Like I said, the refs do a have an effect on the game."They do have an effect on the outcome and I don't agree with it," Tatum added. "I've been in the league long enough and I've seen a lot worse behavior tolerated for a lot longer. So for those to throw me out the game, I was shocked. They always say get your money's worth when you get fined for these techs and I definitely did not get my money's worth."
"I hate not being out there to help the team win. I hate it for all the people who came," Tatum said. "Maybe it was some people's first game to come see me play and they didn't get to see me play the entire game. But, we still won, so there's some positives that came out of tonight."
"Again, I wasn't that fucking mad. Don't put that narrative out there. I didn't throw nothing. I said what I said. There were no magic words. Assistant coaches were right there. I don't know, maybe they didn't want me to play tonight. They were eager to get me out of there."I walked back calmly," Tatum continued. "I sat in my chair, I got some ice, I was not mad, I didn't throw anything. I was just like it's a joke. I had to laugh it off. So no, I didn't cry, I didn't throw anything. I got ice and watched the rest of the game and watched us win."
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