NBA Players Avoid Technicals by Swearing in Foreign Languages


In the NBA, when you swear at a referee, odds are pretty good that you'll get hit with a technical foul. But the league's many foreign-born players have found a clever way around such punishment by profanely expressing their frustrations in their native tongues. For example, New York Knicks center Enes Kanter swore exclusively in Turkish during his first year in the league. "They had no idea what I was saying," he told The New York Times, referring to English-speaking referees. But he's since collected 15 technicals, many of them for expressing his displeasure in crass terms that American refs can easily understand. "I should've stuck with Turkish," he now says.

A Polyglot N.B.A. Swears by One Thing: That Call Was #@!& - The New York Times

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