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Refs debate giving movie star the boot for heckling

Posted: Saturday May 10, 2003 12:35 AM
Updated: Saturday May 10, 2003 12:46 AM
  Nicholson explains to the officials that they can't handle the truth. AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Actor Jack Nicholson stepped onto the Staples Center court and screamed at a referee during Friday night's Western Conference playoff game between the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers.

Nicholson reacted shortly after Lakers star Shaquille O'Neal was called for his third foul in the second quarter, yelling at Mark Wunderlich during a break in the action.

"I pay a lot of money for this seat," Nicholson said at halftime. "This is the NBA, you can't tell me to sit down."

Nicholson said nobody from security spoke with him, and he was back at his courtside seat as the second half began.

"Give me five, Jack," actress Dyan Cannon told Nicholson. "Thank you. He needed that."

Nicholson and Cannon are two of the Lakers' most visible fans.

Public address announcer Lawrence Tantor said that Ron Garretson, another official, came to the scorer's table and told the stat crew to get security ready if anything more happened.

Steve Javie, the third official, refused comment shortly before the start of the second half.

There was a brief meeting of NBA security personnel at halftime. Bernard Tolbert, one of those involved, refused comment.

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