The NBA has suspended both Shaun Livingston and referee Courtney Kirkland for their confrontation on Sunday. It also said Kirkland was punished because he "moved toward Livingston and shared responsibility for the contact that occurred".
NEW ORLEANS - Warriors point guard Shaun Livingston has been suspended without pay for Monday night's game against the Pelicans for his role in an on-court altercation with referee Courtney Kirkland, the National Basketball Association announced.
Midway through the second quarter, backup point guard Shaun Livingston was ejected for making contact with an official after Livingston thought a foul should have been called on a field goal attempt. Livingston was ejected for just the second time in his 11-year National Basketball Association career. After getting tossed from the game, Livingston untucked his white jersey as he walked off the court.
That is the case, but Kirkland isn't being absolved of fault in the incident by the league.
Warriors forward Kevin Durant suggested as much after the game, per Mark Medina of the Mercury News: "It did look like, watching it, that Courtney stepped into his face". It was the first ejection of Livingston's career.
Livingston is averaging 4.7 points and 2.0 assists per game as part of Golden State's backcourt rotation this season.