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Jason Kidd suspended for 1 game for slapping ball out of referee's hands

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Kidd will serve his suspension on Friday, when the Bucks face the Magic.

Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd has been suspended for one game following an incident in which he slapped the ball out of an official's hand, reports ESPN's Marc Stein. He will serve that suspension on Friday's game against the Magic.

Kidd was not happy with referee Zach Zarba near the end of the Bucks game against Sacramento on Tuesday and took his frustrations out by slapping the ball out of Zarba's hands during a timeout.

Kidd was promptly ejected from the game and had to be restrained by players as he was escorted off the court and back into the locker room. Kidd was ejected with 1:49 to play in the game. The Kings were leading 120-109 at the time and Giannis Antetokounmpo had just had a shot at the rim blocked prior to the timeout.

After the game, Kidd said he was upset and felt the Bucks were not getting the calls they should have been getting.

It was impossible to imagine a scenario in which the league didn't suspend Kidd after such an incident. A one-game suspension and no fine means he actually got off easy. Kidd was previously fined $50,000 for instructing a player to bump him so Kidd would spill his drink as a way to manufacture a timeout.