February 2020 Basketball Wiretap

Wolves Fined $25,000 For D'Angelo Russell Rest Violation

Feb 27, 2020 5:25 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been fined $25,000 for violating the NBA's player resting policy.

The Wolves rested D'Angelo Russell during a road game against the Denver Nuggets on Feb. 23 even though he was a healthy player. 

Russell was acquired by the Wolves at the trade deadline. 

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Joel Embiid Fined $25,000 For Obscene Gesture, Profane Language During TV Interview

Feb 26, 2020 12:44 PM

Joel Embiid has been fined $25,000 for making an obscene gesture on the playing court and using profane language during a live television interview.

The amount of Embiid’s fine also reflects his multiple prior violations of acceptable on-court decorum. 

The gesture occurred with 17 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and his comments came during an on-court interview at the conclusion of the 76ers’ 129-112 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Feb. 24 at Wells Fargo Center.  

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NBA To Hold Off On Fining Mark Cuban Until Outcome Of Mavs' Protest

Feb 24, 2020 1:36 AM

The NBA will hold off on fining Mark Cuban for criticizing league officials until Adam Silver gives his ruling on the Dallas Mavericks' protest.

The Mavs, who lost to the Hawks 111-107 for the game in question, filed a protest over a late-game sequence involving an errant goaltending call that resulted in a John Collins' putback. 

The Mavs are looking to replay the game starting from a jumpball with 9,7 seconds left and the Hawks up by 2. 

Cuban went on Twitter to criticize the state of the league's officiating following the game.  

Cuban is reportedly facing a fine for his tweets, with Silver also expected to consider punishment for Cuban stepping onto the court twice during dead-ball situations late in the game.

"We're going to review the matter in its totality," said NBA spokesman Mike Bass.

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Paul George Fined $35,000 For Public Criticism Of Referees

Feb 13, 2020 4:02 PM

Paul George has been fined $35,000 for public criticism of the officiating.

George made his comments to the media following the Clippers’ 110-103 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Feb. 11 at Wells Fargo Center. The amount of George’s fine also reflects his multiple prior violations of the rule prohibiting public criticism of the officiating.

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