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Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Steve Kerr didn’t hold back their critiques of referee Marat Kogut on Saturday — but the Warrior best-known for his outspoken personality was the most coy after a contentious loss to the Timberwolves.
Kogut’s officiating performance was much scorned by the Warriors, who felt two of his calls turned the tide in Minnesota’s favor. Curry went so far as to call Kogut “the MVP of tonight.”
“[Kogut] is so good with the whistle that he knew they were going to foul me and he called it right before I shot the ball,” Durant added, clearly being sarcastic. “So, he’s one of the greatest refs of all time.”
After the game, Draymond Green tweeted “TD” and “MK” in succession, without adding any other context. Fans jumped on the pair of cryptic tweets.
The consensus quickly became Green was making a reference to corruption among NBA referees — without naming anyone explicitly. “MK,” fans speculated, was referring to Kogut, while “TD” referred to Tim Donaghy.
Donaghy, an NBA referee from 1994 until his resignation in 2007, was implicated in an FBI probe into allegations he bet on games. The FBI claimed Donaghy not only bet on those games, he made calls in order to affect contests on which he’d put money.
In 2007, Donaghy pleaded guilty to multiple charges.
Kogut has officiated some 500 games in his decade-long career as an NBA referee and, despite now garnering the hatred of Warriors fans the world over, has never had match-fixing allegations leveled against him.
One fun factoid on Kogut’s National Basketball Referees Association biography? He’s apparently an “amateur magician” in his spare time.
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