An unusual and humorous situation unfolded during an NBA basketball game on Saturday after a Lakers player took a photographer’s camera to the ref as “photo evidence” of a blown foul call.
Unfortunately for James and the Lakers, none of the three refs on the floor called the clear and obvious foul. Instead of having the chance to make a free throw and likely guarantee a victory, James was furious that the game was going into overtime.
Everyone who saw the instant replay could immediately see that James had gotten fouled, and Lakers point guard Patrick Beverley decided to take it upon himself to make sure the refs clearly saw as well. He grabbed a baseline photographer’s camera, pulled up a photo of Tatum whacking James’s arm, and walked it over to referee crew chief Eric Lewis as proof they had missed the call.
Beverley’s attempt to show up the officials with a camera were instantly a hit on social media.
Patrick Beverley just grabbed a camera and walked across the court to show a ref what is presumably a shot of LeBron being fouled lmao
— Marc D'Amico (@Marc_DAmico) January 29, 2023
I take back every bad thing I’ve ever said about Pat Beverley. Him bringing a camera onto the court to show the ref where he missed the foul is the type of pettiness I can get behind.
— Dylan Park-Pettiford (@dyllyp) January 29, 2023
Big Night for the NBA refs💪👏
Match Pat Beverley camera pose and earn his Galaxy Opal Moments card! pic.twitter.com/VHoWqOcR1L
— 8thGFX (@8th_gfx) January 29, 2023
The Presentation of Her Portrait to Henry IV, by Peter Paul Rubens, 1622-25 pic.twitter.com/1L7Si9LAJh
— ArtButMakeItSports (@ArtButSports) January 29, 2023
Patrick Beverley's tech with the camera is the greatest tech I've ever seen in my life.
— Farbod Esnaashari (@Farbod_E) January 29, 2023
Beverley’s antics did not go over well with the referees, who quickly handed him a technical foul. Tatum then hit the technical foul free throw to give the Celtics a 106-105 lead going into overtime. The Lakers went on to lose the game 125-121.
Lakers star Anthony Davis told the press after the game that the non-call was “unacceptable.”
“I guarantee you nothing’s going to happen to the ref,” he said in a criticism that will almost certainly result in a hefty fine from the NBA. “We got cheated tonight. It’s a blatant foul… The refs were bad tonight.”
Speaking with reporters after the game, the referees explained the foul on Beverley and acknowledged that they had missed seeing the critical foul.
“Why was Patrick Beverley assessed a technical foul at the end of regulation?,” Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe asked Lewis.
“His actions were inappropriate in addressing resentment to a non-call,” the crew chief replied.
“It looked like he brought a camera out – was he trying to show you something?” Himmelsbach asked.
“Yes, that was part of his inappropriate actions,” Lewis said.
“It looked like there was contact on LeBron’s drive at the end of regulation. Why was there no foul call there and what did you see there?” questioned Himmelsbach.
“There was contact,” Lewis admitted. “At the time, during the game, we did not see a foul. The crew missed the play.”
Image credits: Still frames by the NBA on ESPN.