June 28, 2022

Tony Brothers Bio, Age, Nba Final Game Critics, Celtics, Career, Officiating

Tony Brothers Biography

Tony Brothers is an American professional basketball referee, who works in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has been a referee in the NBA since the 1994-1995 season. Now in his 25th year, Brothers have 1,453 regular seasons, 127 playoff, and 8 NBA Finals games.


Tony was born on 14 September 1964, Norfolk, Virginia, United States. He is 56 years old as of 2021.

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Tony Brothers Wife

He was in a marriage with Monica but they divorced.


He attended Booker T. Washington High School


Brothers graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia. A 1986 graduate of Old Dominion University, he received a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014. In 2007, he and his ex-wife, Monica, founded Still Hope Foundation, Inc. to assist single mothers in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area. In 2015, he founded Men for Hope, Inc., a non-profit to support men, organize their effort in the community and work with organizations providing services for women and their families.

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Tony Brothers Officiating

Now in his 25th year, Brothers have 1,453 regular seasons, 127 playoff and 8 NBA Finals games.

Tony Brothers Controversy

Brothers have been involved in a number of controversial games, including the 2015 NBA Finals, which drew the attention of Tim Donaghy, who questioned Brothers’ refereeing. In the 2018 NBA Finals, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said the referee crew, which Brothers was a part of, “robbed” his team. Brothers have also received scrutiny, in particular, for targeting the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics in a handful of games. Celtics in their last 9 Playoff Games Officiated by Tony Brothers: 1-8. Celtics in their last 13 road games officiated by Tony Brothers Denver center Nikola Jokić has fouled out or been ejected, in multiple games in which Brothers has been a referee.

Tony Brothers Celtics

Celtics have lost more than 7 games which Brothers have officiated.

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Tony has refereed 1,403 regular-season games over 24 seasons as an NBA official. He has also worked 127 playoff games, including eight Finals games. Brothers officiated the 1996 Mexico Challenge, the 1999 McDonald’s Championship in Italy and the 2008 China Games.

His most memorable assignment was his first NBA Finals game: Game 2 of the 2012 Finals between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Prior to joining the NBA, Brothers spent four years officiating in the CBA, including three CBA Finals and a CBA All-Star Game. Brothers also have seven years of high school officiating experience in Virginia and one year at the junior college level.


Tony Brothers Nba Final Game Critics

TORONTO — Many Toronto Raptors fans and even some NBA players went online to vent about the work of referee Tony Brothers during Game 2 of the Finals on Sunday night.

Following the Raptors’ 109-104 loss to the visiting Golden State Warriors, Brothers’ Wikipedia page was changed briefly and read “Tony Brothers is a terrible American professional basketball referee, who works in the National Basketball Association and hates the Toronto Raptors team.”

Longtime NBA center Kendrick Perkins also took a shot at the ref, tweeting “NBA no more Tony Brothers for the finals, please! This is ridiculous. Nobody came to the game to watch him!”

Longtime NBA forward Matt Barnes tweeted, “Tony Brothers make sure you ice your whistle at halftime … let these dudes play no one came to see you!”

Brothers was trending on Twitter in Toronto for much of the Warriors’ win, which tied the best-of-seven series up at 1-1.

The Warriors actually ended up with more fouls than the Raptors, committing 26 to Toronto’s 22.

However, several key Raptors were in foul trouble for large chunks of the game, including starting point guard Kyle Lowry, who fouled out late in the fourth quarter.

Tony Brothers officiating Game 2 is a bad sign for the Celtics

Mar 11, 2019 
Cleveland, OH: NBA referee Tony Brothers looks on during the fourth quarter of a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

From the NBA Newswire at 985TheSportsHub.com

The NBA has announced the officiating crew for Game 2 between the Celtics and Bucks on Tuesday. It’s bad news for Boston.

Tony Brothers will be the referee for Tuesday’s game at Fiserv Arena when the Celtics will look to go up 2-0 in their Eastern Conference semifinal series against Milwaukee. Marc Davis will be the crew chief to go with umpire Tom Washington.

Brothers, though, is the issue here. Over/Under 98.5 host Dan Lifshatz tweeted some damning information as it relates to the Celtics and Brothers-officiated games. Namely, they’re 1-8 in their last nine postseason games with Brothers as the ref, and 0-13 in their last 13 road games.

Celtics in their last 9 Playoff Games Officiated by Tony Brothers: 1-8

Celtics in their last 13 Road Games Officiated by Tony Brothers: 0-13

In that span the Celtics are a sub .250 team ATS with Brother as the ref

The referees association said that it determines the officials for the first four games of every series before they begin. So it’s likely that Brothers’ presence on Tuesday night is just a coincidence for Boston. But that Brothers wasn’t announced as the referee until Tuesday is certainly enough to make fans suspicious.

But the Celtics will have to hope that Game 2 doesn’t go like their recent games with Brothers officiating. The fact that the Bucks aren’t likely to make any adjustments may bode well for them.