Knicks' Julius Randle calls out referees for perceived bias

Knicks' Julius Randle calls out referees for perceived bias
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The New York Knicks fell 112-110 to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday evening.

Knicks star Julius Randle had 24 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists in the losing effort.

After the game, he called out NBA referees for what he perceives to be biased officiating.

Specifically, Randle was unhappy with the fact that he only received two foul shots for the entire game.

Julius Randle said he got this explanation from a referee tonight for missed calls on fouls and it “pisses [him] off even more”

“They said because certain contact doesn’t affect me, like it affects other players because I’m stronger, they miss the calls” pic.twitter.com/uwgqHP0pBQ

— Knicks Videos (@sny_knicks) December 1, 2021

“I can’t be penalized for just being stronger than people, and that’s an answer I got today,” Randle complained. “They said because certain contact doesn’t affect like it affects other players because I’m stronger, they missed the calls.”

Randle is right to be upset over the explanation, though it’s unclear whether a specific ref was simply trying to placate him or what. If not, then it is definitely a bizarre rationale for not calling fouls, and one you’d think would impact more of the league’s big players down low.

With Tuesday’s loss New York fell to 12-11 on the year. Over the past week the team has been linked to a potentially blockbuster trade, and it will be interesting to see if this latest loss ultimately proves to be the catalyst to make that deal happen.

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