Hinrich didn't intend to bump ref
DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich said he didn't intend to make contact with a referee during Friday's loss to the Miami Heat, and he is frustrated that the incident led to a one-game suspension.
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Speaking publicly for the first time since learning he would be suspended for Tuesday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Hinrich on Sunday said he is disappointed.
"Any time you have to miss time when you're healthy, it's frustrating," Hinrich said. "I was hoping [a suspension] that wasn't going to be the case, but there's nothing really I can do about it now."
Hinrich said it was not his intention to make contact with referee Bennie Adams, and he tried to explain that to NBA security officials before he was suspended on Saturday.
"I was following him, I was still upset," he said. "Then he turned, stuck his elbow out and kind of bumped into me. Then I realized I better leave.
"I was following him," Hinrich said. "But, I feel like ... I don't know what was going through his head or anything like that. But he stops. Stuck his shoulder and elbow out and the contact was made. I don't even know why that's why I'm suspended. If it's because of contact or what. I haven't really been told yet. I'm going to try and find out more [Sunday] afternoon, but there's nothing really I can do about it."
Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro, who told reporters after Friday's game that he didn't think Hinrich would be suspended, seemed a little surprised by the news.
"It's out of your hands," Del Negro said. "I didn't think it was called for. But you have to go with what the league says. It's unfortunate. Especially with the bodies we have now, but it's out of your control and you move forward."
Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com.