GIF and Video: Referee Courtney Kirkland Tries to Block Kris Humphries’ Free Throw

Last night while you were waiting to see Paul McCartney stand in for Kurt Cobain in a one-song Nirvana reunion, the Nets played the Raptors.

Midway through the fourth quarter, with Nets forward Kris Humphries at the free-throw line, referee Courtney Kirkland flew through the lane like a fourth grader on a sugar binge and tried to block Humphries’ shot.


Kirkland had blown the whistle twice but decided that he needed to go to greater lengths to make sure Humphries got the message.

Humphries went 9-for-10 from the line on the night. (He hit the shot following Kirkland’s attempted rejection.) His Nets beat the Raptors 94-88.

About Josh Tinley

Josh Tinley writes the Away From The Action column at Midwest Sports Fans, covering all aspects of sport aside from what actually happens on the field, court, or track. Josh grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from the University of Evansville and Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is the author of Kneeling in the End Zone: Spiritual Lessons From the World of Sports and the managing editor of LinC, a weekly curriculum for teens that explores the intersection of faith and culture. Josh lives outside Nashville with his wife, Ashlee, and children, Meyer (7), Resha Kate (5), and Malachi (3). He will not allow himself to die before the Evansville Purple Aces make another trip to the NCAA Tournament. Follow him on Twitter @joshtinley or send him an e-mail.

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