Livingston and referee both suspended for head-butting incident Sunday

Steve Kerr

Upon league office review, it was determined that Kirkland moved toward Livingston and shared responsibility for the contact that occurred.

The NBA has reportedly suspended Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston for one game after he got into a heated and physical confrontation with referee Courtney Kirkland during Sunday's win over the Miami Heat. Livingston will sit out on Monday night against the New Orleans Pelicans with Patrick McCaw seeing extra minutes in his absence.

The altercation started when Livingston aggressively approached Kirkland as he protested a non-call in the Warriors' 123-95 win over the Heat, NBA officials said. He will be eligible to return to game action on Monday, Dec. 11. Livingston was ejected for just the second time in his 11-year National Basketball Association career.

Shams Charania of The Vertical reported the news Monday, noting Kirkland will also be "removed" for a week.

The incident was a definite oddity, and the second night in a row in which a Warriors player had been ejected after arguing in favor of a foul call, as Kevin Durant was ejected while up 23 on the Orlando Magic on Friday. "It was only one technical and he was ejected immediately". Without Livingston, Golden State will likely only have one true point guard, Stephen Curry, available.

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