Jazz Center Rudy Gobert Ejected Minutes Into Game Against Houston

Dec 6, 2018, 9:37 PM | Updated: 11:57 pm
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) is ejected from the game in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2...
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) is ejected from the game in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)
(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert showed some clear frustration after picking up his second foul just 2:47 into the game against the Houston Rockets.

As Gobert was heading to the bench, he slapped a water bottle that was on the scorer’s table. Officials saw the action and responded with an ejection from the game.

In that time frame, Gobert recorded two points, one rebound, one assist and one turnover. His first foul occurred just one second into the game and the second came with 9:13 left in the first quarter on an offensive foul.

After the game, Deseret News’ Eric Woodyard was able to talk to the officiating crew about Gobert’s ejection.

After the game, Gobert talked to the media about being ejected so early in the game.

“I had a stupid reaction,” he said. “I think I can blame myself more than anything.”

According to ESPN, Gobert’s ejection was the fastest that a starter has been ejected from a game in 15 years.

“I’ve got to be smarter,” Gobert said. “It didn’t cost the team tonight, but it can cost the team. Losing me in the first quarter is not the smartest thing to do.”

The game was being broadcast on TNT with Kevin Harlan and Reggie Miller calling the game. Miller said on the broadcast that Gobert deserved to be ejected.

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith disagreed with Miller on Twitter.

The person who hands out fines and suspensions to NBA players and coaches, VP of Basketball Operations Kiki VanDeWeghe attended the Jazz game against the Rockets.

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix had some comments about the officials on Twitter.

Gobert was fined $15,000 for his comments about the officials in the Jazz loss to the Miami Heat on Sunday.

“I just want it to be consistent, at one point,” Gobert told reporters after the game. “Every night is the same s—. Every night has been the same s—. If you call something one way, you have to call it the other way. Once they start doing that, I’m going to have a little more respect. I’m just tired of it. Every game is the same.”

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