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Bol Bol’s team forfeited game because of officiating

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One of Kentucky’s top recruits is in the news this week for an unusual reason. Bol Bol, the 7’2″ son of late NBA great Manute Bol, plays for Midwest Flight, and on Sunday, his coach Monte Harrison pulled his team off the court after the referees gave them their sixth technical foul. With his team down 71-61, Harrison forfeited, arguing the refs weren’t treating his team fairly.

“Who calls [six] technical fouls? That’s crazy to be giving out that many technicals to kids,” Harrison said, via ESPN. “And then one of the refs told one of our guys to ‘Shut the hell up and play.’ Who does that?”

It’s worth noting that this summer, LaVar Ball has made a habit of forfeiting games over what he claimed was bad officiating. In this case, Bol’s coach argued that the refs unfairly targeted his team because of Bol, and he finally decided enough was enough and pulled his squad off the court.

As you might imagine, the opposing coach had a few things to say about the forfeit.

“It’s not like they were getting beat by guys who aren’t very good,” Central Kansas Elite’s Clint Kinnamon said. “All of our guys are going to be college players. In some ways, it was kind of disrespectful to our kids a little bit because it was like, ‘Well, we’re getting beat by guys we shouldn’t lose to, so we’re going to take our ball and go home.'”

I really like Bol and he shouldn’t be judged by his coach’s actions, but Kinnamon has a point. I’m all for protecting kids, but forfeiting games in protest of the officiating sets a horrible example. Not only does it teach players that it’s okay to give up when something that’s out of their control doesn’t go their way, it’s pretty much the definition of bad sportsmanship. If this becomes the norm in AAU ball — which is already a circus — how will players handle bad officiating when a spot in the Final Four is on the line?

Watch video of the forfeit below:


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15 responses to “Bol Bol’s team forfeited game because of officiating”

  1. TBW3011

    Has to be the refs. Couldn’t possibly be your kids showing their asses coach. Nice example though. Things don’t go your way in life…f it. Just take your ball and go home.

    1. blackmilk23

      Normally I would agree… but outside observers said the officiating was ridiculous too. And I know from personal experience that AAU officiating can get like that at times.

    2. TBW3011

      Not doubting officiating was terrible. Just saying players shouldn’t be complaining to officials anyway. That’s the coaches job. I don’t care how bad the officiating was, there is no way they received 6 techs for nothing. And you never take your team off the floor for officiating. The only legit reason to do so is safety concerns or something along those lines.

  2. Kernel Sanders

    “Not only does it teach players that it’s okay to give up when something that’s out of their control doesn’t go their way”

    Admittedly I did not watch the video or see any of the 6 technical fouls called. But why would you say the technicals were “out of their control”?? On the contrary, I’m betting they could have controlled it by simply following the ref’s advice: “shut the hell up and play”.

    1. Kernel Sanders

      Sure it is. But in this case, we aren’t talking about a disparity in personal fouls, or the other team shooting 25 more free throws than your team. What made this numbskull coach (like LaVar Ball) pull his team was 6 technical fouls. So in reality, probably at least 5 of those technicals were NOT out of their control. They needed to shut up and play, which their coach should have forced them to do. Yes, in general officiating is not controllable by players. When the issue is technicals called for bad attitude, bad behavior, etc. then they need to be taught they DO control that with their actions. Rant over.

  3. binarysolo

    Forfeiting is the new reclassifying.

  4. Saul T. Nuts

    I’m certainly against forfeiting due to the officials, but wow, 6 technical fouls is outrageous. It’s easy to blame the kids, but maybe the refs were idiots?

    1. Han

      Either the coach does a crap job of getting his players to have good sportsmanship, or the refs were screwing them over. Either is possible.

  5. secrick

    No one can accept defeat any more, just ask the Hillary supporters.

    1. Han

      Wait, did Trump win? It’s been almost 20 minutes since he talked about it.

    2. TBW3011

      Got that right.

    3. Luether

      Monte Harrison is a DemocRat – enough said…

  6. CatstopWontstop

    The LaVar Ball (negative) effect on sports continues. As Jay Bilas pointed out, it’s like the Kardashian’s or the “Teen Mom’s” there is no value, but it’s somewhat entertaining and people watch so it’s sticking around.

    It’s funny, millennials are admonished for being a certain type of way, and LaVar personifies that in every action he takes, but I don’t think he’s a millennial.

  7. Catcasey1

    Coach should not be allowed to coach for a year. Anywhere!