Trevor Ariza: No Flagrant Foul!

Charlie JonesContributor IMarch 11, 2009

In their last game against Portland Trevor Ariza was ejected for a play that had an unfortunate ending. 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. Beating the Celtics everywhere. And bringing fear into the minds of opposing teams everywhere. 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 two, due to the harsh fall by Portland's Rudy 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 excessive contact. Was there excessive contact?