Isaac
Years ago

Davidson guilty of tripping, fined $1,500

DAVIDSON FOUND GUILTY OF TRIPPING, FINED BY NBL TRIBUNAL

Wollongong Hawks big man Larry Davidson has been found guilty of tripping at his National Basketball League Tribunal hearing and has been fined $1500.

Davidson pleaded not guilty to the charge of tripping Sydney Kings player Ben Madgen in an incident late in the second quarter of the Hawks 81-74 win over Sydney in Round 23.

In his statement to the Tribunal, Davidson said he saw the leg of the Madgen and attempted to deflect any contact to him.

The Tribunal did not accept the explanation given by Davidson and formed the view that the player grabbed the lower leg and foot of the Madgen which tripped the player who subsequently fell.

The report was laid by the match officials and under NBL Rules, all reports by match officials are automatically referred to the NBL Tribunal.

CLICK HERE (Mod: PDF.) for full findings of the NBL Tribunal.
Madgen himself was fined $1,000 for the infamous chair shove. Seth Scott copped a suspended $500 fine for admitting to striking Madgen in the head!
Scott escaped with a suspended $500 fine and a one-game penalty that will only come into effect if he is found guilty of any additional charges before March 24.
I'm imagining a money wheel in the NBL office used to decide penalties...

Edit: Nat from And The Foul has some footage of the incident, though it's pretty difficult to make a call either way.

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Ricey  
Years ago

Madgen stepped over him going the long way. No call is all that should have happened

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The Situation  
Years ago

Before Madgen steps over him, it appears that Davidson grabbed his leg. I'm not sure how he can defend that.

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Isaac  
Years ago

The umpire Brett Hogan told the Tribunal he was unsure if there had been any contact by Ben Madgen as he ran by Larry Davidson but that he had seen a grab with the left arm around the leg of the player. He explained to the Tribunal that he was unsure at the time if the player Ben Madgen had stepped on the player on the floor or if his leg had made contact with the body of Larry Davidson.
The Tribunal finds that the Sydney player did not make contact with Larry Davidson and the anticipation of contact as the player ran is a reasonable explanation for the contact made.

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Isaac  
Years ago

BTW, that ATF video of the trip is on the YouTube account of the BA Officials Manager. If you browse their channel, you get a bit of insight into reviews of past calls and whether or not they were correct. e.g., here are WNBL and NBL calls from January being reviewed:

http://youtu.be/mvX3lbxTniQ

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Absolutely no different than what Jacob Holmes did to Demos. What a gutless,inconsistent,disgraceful decision.
Seriously, these people are nuff nuffs who have convinced themeslves of their own self importance.

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natwhereyouat  
Years ago

Oh did that link straight to the Official's manager youtube channel.. My bad ;)

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paul  
Years ago

"The Tribunal finds that the Sydney player did not make contact with Larry Davidson"

Are they blind? Madgen makes incidental contact with his leg twice! Another baffling decision wreaking of inconsistency.

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Hawks fan  
Years ago

So a player is on the floor when an opposing player decides to run over him rather than around him, player on the floor grabs his foot to ensure he isn't stomped on. The player with his ankle held does not hop on his free foot but throws himself on the ground. Both guys out of action for the next play. Should Larry have let Ben stomp on him?

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Isaac  
Years ago

These tripping incidents are pretty hard to judge. Many of us would reach to instinctively protect our heads or flail for the ball.

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Arthur Deigh  
Years ago

Kangaroo court.

In this incident, the NBL report shows that Madgen was called as a witness. But in the Holmes affair, there is no mention of Demos being called to testify.

Inconsistent?

And Brett Hogan says:

" he was unsure if there had been any contact by Ben Madgen as he ran by Larry Davidson but that he had seen a grab with the left arm around the leg of the player. He explained to the Tribunal that he was unsure at the time if the player Ben Madgen had stepped on the player on the floor or if his leg had made contact with the body of Larry Davidson"

So, he was unsure if Madgen had stepped on Davidson, so that made Davidson's actions acceptable?

Wasn't this the referee "involved" in the Holmes-Demos incident as well?

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Anonymous  
Years ago

In Brett Hogan's official referee statement of the report, he clearly states Ben Madgen made contact with Larry Davidson.

Not the referee at fault if the Tribunal is unable to read or listen to statements.

Good luck to the next NBL player who goes to Tribunal.

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