seeing the Spurs squeak out the pivotal game five versus the suspension depleted Suns (as we all know, game five is really key when the series is two two) and now watching them skate the rest of the way...it is hard not to think what if?
the league does not apologize for calls. it handles everything internally on the downlow. the ref who called that was probably roasted to death and maybe fined but you're never hearing about it because the leauge keeps it quiet cause if it apologized for every wrong call it made that's all you'd hear about in the news and the refs would lose their legitimacy, which can't happen.
It's one thing to have a ref call a bad call and for the league to not publically rectify it. Bad calls take place all the time... I think it's entirely different to allow a player to be ejected without some formal acknowledgement of the error. It's a pretty rare situation. I think it would only serve to aid the repuation of the league if officials publically acknowledged obvious mistakes like this. It wouldn't undermine the league nor the officials. It would make them look worse if it's obvious they are wrong only to see them pretend that nothing is wrong.
what ticks me off is that on the NBA highlights, they show Mopete get ejected, then they cut to an image of Carter from a few plays ago shrugging and smiling and then the announcer said:
"looks like Vince enjoys it!" (speaking about the ejection)
on the YES telecast, after the ejection, Carter went to Javie and motioned vehemently that he was just playing around with Peterson, and Javie made the motion that he did not know if he could call Peterson back.