SDSU’s Jamaal Franklin denies flipping referee the bird (Picture)

San Diego State guard Jamaal Franklin denied flipping the bird to a referee during his team’s loss to New Mexico Saturday. SDSU was trailing by 11 before halftime of the Mountain West Conference tournament finals when Franklin was whistled for a foul. Franklin was frustrated and seemed to flip the bird to the ref, but he denied that after the game.

‘No, not at all,” the conference player of the year said.

San Diego State reporter Edward Lewis tweeted otherwise, saying that Franklin flipped off the ref. When someone suggested Franklin was flipping off a group of New Mexico fans, Lewis insisted it was directed toward the ref. Franklin also reportedly went after the same ref later in the game, using profanity.

The evidence is mounted against him, but without having seen a replay, I guess we’ll have to take Franklin’s word on it for now.

Uncensored version of the picture below:

UPDATE: Franklin apologized on Sunday, but said his middle finger was not directed toward referee…rather a Lobos fan who called him the N word.

Picture via Brian Enderson

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SST32EVI7HJLQTYNUFDMFRIKRE David

    Ban him for game 1 in the tourney!

  • http://www.facebook.com/seanjit Sean Patrick Sheehan

    I’d like to call into question the voracity of Mr. Franklin’s accusations. I sat in the second row (section 106 row EE, seat 5), at mid court for the entire tournament. I heard no heckling of the kind that he described. I understand that it could have come from the other side of the court, but I will say I was sitting on the side of the court that he made the obscene gesture towards. So either his frustration built up from something I didn’t see or hear and he flipped off my section/the ref, in spite of no harassment coming from our side, or he is playing the race card to generate sympathy for his foolish choice. I’m leaning towards the latter. Proud Lobo fan here.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SST32EVI7HJLQTYNUFDMFRIKRE David

    Franklin screwed up, lied about about it, and should receive a 1 game suspension.  But the NCAA won’t go up against MWC Coach of the year Fischer MWC POY Franklin and the ASS-tecs!