L.A. Laker Trevor Ariza: No Flagrant Foul Against Portland

Charlie JonesContributor IMarch 11, 2009

In his last game against Portland, Los Angeles Lakers forward Trevor Ariza was ejected for a play that resulted in an injury to Trail Blazer Rudy Fernandez.

While the league has not punished Ariza any further, proving even the league doesn't think there was intent to hurt the other player, there are still people out there who think the Lakers are just trying to erase a soft image.

The Lakers, who share the best record in the league right now at 50-13, have proven they are a tough team this year, beating Cleveland at home, and taking down the Celtics everywhere.

The Lakers also managed to create a little fear in the minds of opposing teams. The Lakers have proven themselves tough on both defense and offense, and have done so the right way.

The call on Trevor Ariza was unfortunate. The officials had a chance to review the video of the play, but instead called a quick flagrant fould due to the harsh fall by Fernandez.

Something bigger than just a foul should've been called for sure, but a flagrant two? A flagrant one, maybe.

In every picture and video, you can clearly see Ariza going for the ball. If the officials would've reviewed the play, they would have come to the same conclusion.

A flagrant foul two is unnecessary and called for excessive contact.

Was there excessive contact?