Refs walk back Beal travel talk, say play legal
Video of Bradley Beal getting away with what looked like an egregious travel was receiving a lot of mileage on social media Tuesday. Now, the referees are pumping the brakes, saying the play was legal.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 12, 2019
During the Wizards‘ game Monday against the Pistons, Beal picked up his dribble near the free throw line and took what looked like three steps. He then bobbled the ball under the basket and took a couple more before passing. No call was made.
After the game, Beal appeared to poke fun at himself by tweeting “look clean to me” with some laughing emojis.
After the clip made the rounds Tuesday morning, the National Basketball Referees Association tweeted a response.
The offensive player gathers with his right foot on the ground. He then takes two legal steps, before losing control of the ball. After regaining possession, a player is allowed to regain his pivot foot and pass or shoot prior to that foot returning to the ground. This is legal. https://t.co/0hVqgHw3w7
— NBA Referees (@OfficialNBARefs) February 12, 2019
Beal got a kick out of that too.
— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) February 12, 2019