Hawks Guard Trae Young Calls On NBA Refs To Be Transparent & Participate in Post Game Press Conferences

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Sep 23, 2022; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) poses for a photo at Hawks Media Day. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

On September 29th, Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young raised a very interesting question on his Twitter that garnered some national press coverage. Young posed the question of whether NBA referees should be compelled to answer questions from the media after a game, in the same way that players are required to.

Trae Young has been vocal about his opinions regarding NBA officials and many believe that his tweet poses a fair question. If players have to be asked in the media about certain calls, why shouldn’t the refs have to answer for their calls? Young wondered, as he touted an #accountability hashtag.

Young had fifteen technical fouls last season. Sixteen technical fouls leads to a suspension. Young is known for his quarrels with officials. He was also fined $35,000 during the 2021-22 season.

While Young brings up a very valid question, it does not appear to be something that can be fixed in the near future. There was a new collective bargaining agreement reached by the NBA just two weeks ago. This seven-year agreement tackled salary and marketing issues but it did not talk about accountability metrics for referees.

Young, who is 24 years old, was the fifth overall pick in the 2018 draft out of Oklahoma. He was the NCAA points and assist leader in 2018. He was also all Big 12 and Big 12 freshman of the year in 2018. Since being in the NBA, he has been on the NBA all rookie team in 2019, all NBA third team in 2022 and a two time all star in 2020 and 2022. He led the Hawks to a NBA Easter Conference Finals appearance as well in 2020-21.

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