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Sonics believe officials are picking on Fortson

December 15, 2005

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— When Danny Fortson walks on the court, he's almost immediately saddled with two fouls.

At least that's the perception of the Seattle SuperSonics' forward, his teammates and his coach.

"When Danny feels there is a lack of consistency, it adds fuel to the fire of his frustration," coach Bob Weiss said Wednesday. "It seems to be the same story, over and over again."

In his last four games, the rugged forward has put together an impressive resume for the NBA infractions list.

He has been whistled for 20 fouls, five technicals, two ejections, one flagrant foul and one league-imposed suspension.

Fortson, an eight-year veteran, believes he's being unfairly targeted by officials.

"It was pretty bad before, but it was nowhere near as bad as it is now, where you get technicals for smiling, get thrown out of games for no reason," Fortson said recently. "It's tough to go through that every day."

Fortson was whistled for a technical foul in the first half and a flagrant foul in the second half of Tuesday night's 110-107 overtime loss to Golden State. After receiving the technical, Fortson started walking off the court, believing he was ejected for the second time in as many games.

"He said, 'Coach, get me out. I can't play, they won't let me play,'" Weiss said.

Fortson was tossed from Friday night's game at Utah, and then was given a one-game suspension for his actions.

"It seems the referees take these preconceived notions about what he's going to do," Seattle's Ray Allen said. "It's ridiculous some of the calls."

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