Jon Krawczynski, local AP sportswriter, sued by NBA ref over tweet

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Jon Krawczynski covers Minnesota pro sports for the Associated Press.
There isn't a sports fan alive who hasn't griped about lousy referees and umpires screwing up calls and entire games. But NBA ref Bill Spooner says local Associated Press sportswriter Jon Krawczynski went too far -- on Twitter.

In a lawsuit, Spooner accuses Krawczynski of defamation, for tweeting that Spooner promised points to the Timberwolves after a questionable call -- that he would fix the game.

Spooner called a foul against Anthony Tolliver in the second period of the Jan. 24 match against the Houston Rockets that brought angry Wolves coach Kurt Rambis to the floor. Words were exchanged. Spooner promised to review the call later.

"Fine, but how do I get those points back," Rambis said.

Spooner says he then plugged his mouth with his whistle and went back to work.

Krawczynski reported things differently -- via Twitter.

Ref Bill Spooner told Rambis he'd "get it back" after a bad call. Then he made an even worse call on Rockets. That's NBA officiating folks.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

In the lawsuit, Spooner accuses Krawczynski of harping on the questionable skill of NBA refs all season, and says that Krawczynski made up the quote, and published it on his AP twitter account knowing that it was a fabrication. As a result, Spooner says, he was disciplined by the league, despite having "honestly" refereed NBA games for 22 years. He wants $75,000 in damages, the Tweet taken down, and a retraction. [DOCUMENT.]

AP tells the Business Journal that it stands by Krawczynski's reporting.

The Timberwolves lost the game 129-125.


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