As long as there have been professional sports, there have been conspiracy theories about sports. Whenever a referee makes a bad call, it's a conspiracy. When a player makes a bad play, conspiracy. When a coach makes the wrong decision, conspiracy. We create these conspiracy theories to try and explain the inexplicable when really, that's the reason we watch sports in the first place. As ridiculous as those theories are, and they're all ridiculous, we still enjoy talking about them. A lot.
After taking his sixth foul in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Stephen Curry threw his mouthpiece in frustration and was ejected. Needless to say, Ayesha was not pleased at what happened and Tweeted her frustrations, because sending out an emotional Tweet never comes back to haunt someone.
Ayesha deleted the Tweet soon after, but as we all know, when you put something on the internet it lives forever and many have run with what she was implying.
The conspiracy: NBA referees are speicifcally targeting Golden State and making bad calls in order to help Cleveland and extend the series. Let's throw Draymond Green's suspension for Game 5 into the mix, since the sries may not have gotten to a Game 6 if Green had been available for Game 5.
You can see the logic here. A longer series means more TV, more publiclity and more money for the NBA. It is the league's ultimate showcase and it just so happens to feature two of the most prominent players in the game: Steph Curry and LeBron James. Of course they want the series extended so Green was extended for Game 5 and the refs were briefed before Game 6 and told to give Cleveland the advantage.
You could even make a case that the NBA tried to extend the Western Conference Finals as well. If you thought Ayesha Curry was upset over the fouls called on her husband in Game 6, that's nothing compared to what she had to say when Green was not suspended for his kick to Steven Adams' man zone in the series against Oklahoma City. Boy was she...oh wait, she didn't say anything about that?
Funny how people only seem to believe in conspiracy theories when they go against their team.
Regardless, you can see the point. Green was facing suspension with his team down 3-1 in the series, but the NBA chose not to suspend him despite kicking another man in the basketballs. Lo and behold, the Warriors rallied to win in seven games. Clearly, the NBA is doing what it can to extend these series.
How realistic is this theory? On a scale of 1 unicorn to 5 unicorns with five being the most unrealistic (because the only thing more unbelievable than a unicorn is five unicorns) this one gets 2 unicorns.
The officiating in Game 6 was atrocious and Green's non-suspension in the conference finals and suspension in the finals makes it look like the fix is in. The explanation for this, however, is probably far simpler than a nefarious plot by the NBA.
Find me an NBA game that players and fans from both teams say was well officiated. I'll wait. The fact is that there isn't one, at least not one that would get 100 percent approval. That's not a knock on NBA referees, basketball is an extremely tough game to officiate. Sometimes bad calls are made and it's not because of negligence or a conspiracy, it just happens. The fact that a number of questionable calls seemed to go against the visting team in Game 6 is a factor that has not really been brought up, but it should. Home court advantage doesn't just affect the players, it affects the officials too.
As for Green, the NBA got caught in a no-win situation. Despite what people may think, no referee or league official likes to determine the outcome of a game or a series. Green's kick to Adams sure looked intentional, but there was some small chance that it wasn't and with Golden State down 3-1 in the series, suspending Green could well have been the end of the Warrior's season. So the NBA let it go. But then Green went on to do what Green does and the fouls just got a bit too numerous and a too egregious to ignore.
Green wasn't suspended for his "scuffle" with James, his suspension was the result of everything he's done in the postseason.
So to all the NBA 'truthers' out there, sorry to burst your bubble. This is just another conspiracy theory with no legs to stand on.
Big Foot though, totally real.
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