ORLANDO, Fla. -- The NBA is investigating an incident between referee Joe DeRosa and a fan at halftime of Tuesday's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals between Orlando and Boston.
DeRosa was walking to the scorer's table to get the warm-up jackets for his crew, a common practice before the trio of referees leave the floor at intermission. A fan behind the table approached DeRosa, gesturing with his arms and appearing to be shouting at the veteran official.
DeRosa flipped the game ball to the fan, who tossed it back. DeRosa then motioned for the man to be ejected by security.
The NBA had no immediate comment, other than saying it was reviewing the matter.
The NBA says it is investigating the peculiar run-in between a fan and veteran referee Joe DeRosa last night.
Just before halftime, DeRosa headed toward courtside, where the spectator appeared to be heckling the ref from behind the scorer's table. DeRosa picked up a ball and threw it at the fan, who caught it and threw it back.
Neither toss appeared to be particularly vicious, but when DeRosa caught the ball he called for security.
The Orlando Sentinel says the fan is Wyndham Vacation Ownership CEO Franz Hanning, who was relocated to another seat. The Sentinel also says Hanning is an acquaintance of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who lives in Orlando.
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