It's an exciting time in professional basketball.
First, the Golden State Warriors just won their 72nd game of the season, tying a record set by the Chicago Bulls during the 1995-1996 season, in which Chicago eventually went on to win a championship. And second, the great Kobe Bryant is about to play his final game in the NBA. The Warriors could break the Bulls' record on Wednesday, the same night that Kobe is set to play his last game — all just days before the start of the NBA Finals.
But basketball is still a serious sport, and to make sure that the superstar players adhere to its many rules are the referees. Though the members of the National Basketball Referees Association (NBRA) manage to keep pace with the likes of LeBron James, and slam dunkers such as Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine, they are better known for being the heavies when it comes to handing out fouls and sometimes determining the outcome of games.
But these folks have tough skin, as evidenced by a video released by the NBRA title "Foul Language." Within the clip, the refs brave the wild, wild west of social media commentary on Twitter to read some of the things sports fans have to say about them. As expected, most of it is mean, placing the blame on the refs, questioning if they have vision insurance, and making actualy threats — such as following the refs on Twitter so they can continue to harass them.
You can't help but feel a little bad for them, but the refs have been avoiding trolls at much higher levels for years, and they seem to get a kick out of the commentary.
Check out the video above to see their reactions.
Cover image: NBRA Officials via YouTube