Stern says he's confident Crawford is ready to referee games

Updated: September 17, 2007, 4:19 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- NBA referee Joey Crawford, suspended following an incident with Tim Duncan last April, has been reinstated, the league announced Monday.

Crawford was reinstated by commissioner David Stern, who had initially suspended the veteran NBA official on April 17. That was two days after Crawford had ejected Duncan from a game between San Antonio and Dallas.

"Based on my meeting with Joey Crawford, his commitment to an ongoing counseling program, and a favorable ...

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