The Associated Press and an NBA referee have reached a settlement in a lawsuit against the news agency and one of its sports writers over a Twitter message suggesting the referee intentionally made a bad call to make up for another one that went against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Referee William Spooner agreed to drop the suit, filed last March in Minneapolis, pending removal of the Jan. 24 tweet from Jon Krawczynski's Twitter account and a payment of $20,000 for Spooner's litigation costs.
The tweet was sent while Krawczynski was covering the Houston Rockets-Timberwolves game. He heard an exchange between Spooner and Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis during the second period. Sitting courtside, Krawczynski tweeted: ''Ref Bill Spooner told Rambis he'd `get it back' after a bad call. Then he made an even worse call on Rockets. That's NBA officiating folks.''
The settlement also required a mutually agreed upon statement to be released. It explains ...