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Bucks coach Jason Kidd suspended 1 game for slapping ball away from official

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Kidd will be able to coach the team in Charlotte on Sunday.

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Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd has been suspended one game without pay for swiping the ball away from a game official in Wednesday's 129-118 loss to the Sacramento Kings, the league announced Friday.

The league office suspended Kidd for "aggressively pursuing and confronting a game official, slapping the ball out of his hands and not leaving the court in a timely manner upon his ejection," according to NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki Vandeweghe.

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The incident occurred with 1:49 remaining in the game. Kidd approached referee Zach Zarba, who put his whistle in his mouth for a few seconds before blowing it for a technical after Kidd knocked the ball out of his hands. O.J. Mayo and several other Bucks players restrained Kidd, who was then escorted by two Bucks staffers to the locker room.

After the game, Kidd said he was frustrated with Zarba because of calls not being made and he felt he needed to protect his players.

Kidd's suspension begins immediately and he will not coach the team tonight when they face the Orlando Magic. He will be able to coach the team Sunday when they face the Hornets in Charlotte.

Bucks assistant Joe Prunty will fill-in as head coach for Kidd tonight.