John Thompson Jr. interrupts son's postgame news conference to blast Big East refs

ByDana O'Neil ESPN logo
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Back in his day as the head coach at Georgetown, John Thompson Jr. was never shy with his opinions, solicited or otherwise.

Age has not exactly softened his views.

Thompson, once memorably ejected after earning three technical fouls during a Syracuse game, interrupted his son's news conference following the Hoyas' comeback win against Creighton, to weigh in on the game's officiating.

"Last two games have been terrible,'' he said, according to "You can tell the f---ing commissioner and everybody else in the Big East I said that.''

Against the Bluejays, the Hoyas were whistled for 27 fouls to Creighton's 21. In their previous home game against Villanova, they topped the Wildcats in fouls 23-13.

John Thompson III, still employed and thereby in need of a bit more diplomacy than the man he calls Pops, said of the officiating against Creighton, "During the course of the game we have to adjust to the officiating. You have to adjust to how they're calling the game. Sometimes it's more difficult than others to adjust to how they're calling the game and tonight was one of those nights, for one reason or another, we couldn't quite adjust to how they were calling the game, but our guys fought and kept playing.''

Big East associatecommissioner John Paquette declined comment.

Thompson is a fixture at his son's news conferences, usually leaning up against a back wall of the interview room. Occasionally he pipes in with a comment or two but rarely does it merit a headline.

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