Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was ejected Monday night and to say he wasn’t happy is an understatement.
Gobert ran down the court after a Jazz turnover late in the fourth quarter. Then he and Raptors forward OG Anunoby exchanged some shoves and words. This caused a stoppage in play as the Raptors were set up offensively and the players needed to be separated.
Both landed double-technical fouls and Gobert and Anunoby were tossed from the game with 40.6 seconds remaining. The Jazz lost 101-92.
Gobert accused Anunoby of trying to elbow him in the face. But then he called out the referees.
“I don’t think it makes sense to me. But next time, I’ll do justice myself so the official can eject me for a reason,” Gobert told the press.
“And the guy that’s getting paid to protect the other players didn’t do his job,” Gobert said. “There was a little altercation, and we both got ejected when I didn’t do anything back, pretty much, which I don’t understand.”
Gobert had six points and four rebounds in 32 minutes and he is averaging 15.1 points and 13.7 rebounds this season. Meanwhile, Anunoby scored seven points with five rebounds in 33 minutes. He’s averaging 10.7 points and 5.4 rebounds.