Late Tuesday night the NBA's VP of referee development, Monty McCutchen, said that the NBRA was wrong and that Beal did in fact travel.
NBA Twitter was taken aback on Monday night when Bradley Beal apparently traveled while trying to avoid Blake Griffin as the Washington Wizards took on the Detroit Pistons. He then bobbled the ball under the basket and took a couple more before passing.
McCutchen worked as an official for over 25 years and has been in his current position since 2017. "Since he does not regain control until another step, the play is a travel". No call was made.
On Tuesday, the official Twitter account of the NBRA defended the non-call.
"The offensive player gathers with his right foot on the ground".
It would appear that "accidentally" losing control of the basketball is the new efficiency hack. After regaining possession, a player is allowed to regain his pivot foot and pass or shoot prior to that foot returning to the ground.
After Complex Sports tweeted a video of the play with a caption "Cancel NBA refs", the league's referee account broke its silence and tried, inexplicably, to dunk on naysayers with their view of the play, on which Beal took at least four steps without dribbling. If his pivot foot moves to recover the ball, he must then pass or shoot the ball.
If it looks like Bradley Beal traveling and walks like Bradley Beal traveling, it's probably Bradley Beal traveling.