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Ref DeRosa suspended without pay

Updated: May 21, 2010, 10:53 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- NBA referee Joe DeRosa was suspended without pay Thursday for throwing a ball at a fan who appeared to be heckling him during halftime of Tuesday's playoff game in Orlando.

DeRosa, 53, will miss the next game he would have been scheduled to work.

At halftime of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Magic and Boston Celtics, DeRosa was walking to the scorer's table to collect the warm-up jackets for his crew.

A fan behind the table approached DeRosa, ...

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