McInnis left off active list, tries to play and is ejected

Updated: January 14, 2007, 4:55 PM ET
Associated Press

 Jeff McInnis
McInnis
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A rare scorekeeping error caused Charlotte guard Jeff McInnis to be ejected in the first quarter of the Bobcats' game against Philadelphia on Saturday.

A Bobcats employee turned in an official roster before the game that did not include McInnis as an active player. McInnis was acquired in a trade from New Jersey on Jan. 4 and Saturday was Charlotte's first home game since the deal.

McInnis entered the game with 3:15 left in the first quarter. The 76ers called attention to the error eight seconds later during a break in play after a foul was called.

Referee Dick Bavetta called an official timeout and players from both teams went to the bench for several minutes before it was announced the Bobcats were called for a technical foul and McInnis was ejected.

Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff looked at the incorrect roster before slamming it to the table and walking back to the bench.

In a sheet handed out to the media before the game, injured players Brevin Knight, Gerald Wallace and Melvin Ely were listed as the three inactive players for the game.

McInnis' ejection left Raymond Felton as the Bobcats' only true point guard. Knight has been sidelined for 12 games with a torn abdominal muscle.


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