‘There was no intent at all,’ says Boston Celtics’ Grant Williams of ref bump that got him suspended

Boston Celtics reserve forward Grant Williams found himself suspended without pay for one game after making incidental contact with a referee after a call in the weekend loss to the Chicago Bulls. The Tennessee alum wanted to make sure that he did not mean to bump the ref despite his vocal and animated criticism, which he discussed after practice on Thursday afternoon.

Speaking at the team’s Auerbach Center practice facilities, the Charlotte native gave his side of the story regarding the calls and ejection that now have Williams a forced absence in a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday where his presence is greatly needed given the team’s lack of reliable frontcourt depth.

“It’s one of those things that emotions get the best (of you) in the moment,” explained the former Vol via The Athletic’s Jared Weiss. “There was no intent at all.”

Williams had no truck with the one-game suspension either, calling the punishment meted out to him for that exchange in what was a chippy league in a tightly-called start to the season “just”.

“I made a mistake,” he explained. “For me, it’s something that I probably won’t challenge.”

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