Former NBA referee Rashan Michel was arrested for starting an altercation with Dominique Wilkins at Philips Arena after a Hawks game last night. As you can see, Wilkins finished the altercation:
Michel claimed to the arresting officers that Wilkins owed him money for suits he allegedly sold to the ex-NBA star “several years ago.”
In 1997 Michel became the youngest NBA ref in history, joining the league as an official at age 23.
Michel was part of an influx of inexperienced league referees that prompted then-NBA coaches Lenny Wilkens and Randy Wittman to complain to Tomasson about the trend in a December 26, 1999, AKRON BEACON-JOURNAL article headlined, “YOUNGER OFFICIALS ADD UP TO TROUBLE THERE’S LOTS OF CRITICISM THESE DAYS AROUND THE LEAGUE ABOUT OFFICIATING, EVEN FROM HAWKS’ WILKENS”
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