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NBA Referee Sues AP, Sports Writer, Over Twitter Post
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- An NBA referee has sued The Associated Press and a sports writer over comments made on the social networking site Twitter.

In a federal lawsuit filed Monday in Minneapolis, NBA referee William Spooner claims AP sports writer Jon Krawczynski defamed him in a Twitter post while Krawczynski was covering the Jan. 24 Rockets-Timberwolves game.

The lawsuit says Krawczynski's Twitter message falsely implied that Spooner purposely made a bad officiating call in favor of the Timberwolves to make up for an earlier incorrect call that went against them.

Spooner is seeking damages of more than $75,000 for defamation, and a court order to remove the statement from Krawczynski's Internet postings.

AP attorney Dave Tomlin says the AP believes the facts it reported from the game in all media were accurate.

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