WNBA rescinds second technical foul that led to Angel Reese's controversial ejection

The WNBA has rescinded the second of two technical fouls from Tuesday night that led to the ejection of Chicago Sky rookie Angel Reese.

Reese was ejected in the final minutes of Tuesday's game between the Sky and New York Liberty. New York won the game, 88-75. Annie Costabile of the Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday the league has rescinded the second technical foul on Reese, citing a league spokesperson.

The ejection took place with 2:31 remaining in the fourth quarter. Referee Charles Watson initially called Reese for a personal foul as she fought for a rebound. Reese briefly protested the call, and Watson whistled her for two quick technical fouls, leading to her ejection.

The NBATV broadcast initially announced that New York's Betnijah Laney-Hamilton had been ejected. But it was Reese who got tossed. Replay shows that Reese said something to Watson, then quickly turned her back and walked away. As she walked a way she made a dismissive hand gesture in Watson's direction.

Officials didn't initially offer an explanation for the technical fouls and Reese's ejection. After the game, lead official Maj Forsberg told reporters that Watson issued the first technical to Reese for "disrespectfully addressing" him. It's not clear what Reese said.

Reese's hand gesture prompted the second technical. That technical is apparently the one that the WNBA decided to rescind.

Angel Reese's second technical foul from Tuesday night has ben rescinded. (Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters)
Angel Reese's second technical foul from Tuesday night has ben rescinded. (Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters)

Wednesday's recension obviously doesn't get Reese back for the final minutes of Tuesday's game. New York was up 82-71 at the time of her ejection and went on to a 13-point win.

The decision will save her some money and lessen the odds of a potential suspension down the road. The first three technical fouls a player receives in a season come with a $200 fine. Reese will still owe $200 for the first technical, but not the second. Fines escalate to $400 each for the next three technical fouls.

A seventh technical foul in a season comes with an $800 fine and an automatic suspension. Reese's technical fouls Tuesday night were the first of her season. Now she has just one on her record.

Sky head coach Teresa Weatherspoon told reporters after the game that she asked for an explanation for the technical fouls but didn't receive one.

"I tried to get an explanation. I did not," Weatherspoon said in her postgame news conference. "I don't know to this moment what has happened."

Sky guard Marina Mabrey described the incident as a learning experience for her rookie teammate.

"She got two techs, she said something to the ref," Mabrey told reporters. "Whatever he felt like was the correct call is what he made. It's more about composure for us in our young years in the WNBA. You've got to get to know refs and how they respond to things."

Reese didn't address the subject with reporters, but she did on social media. Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball was watching and offered on social media to pick up her fine, calling the ejection "weak." Reese responded with her appreciation of Ball's support.

Now it appears that Reese — or Ball — will owe $200 instead of $400.