March 2020 Basketball Wiretap

NBA Won't Fine Or Suspend Rudy Gobert For Actions Leading Up To COVID-19 Test

Mar 12, 2020 11:12 PM

The NBA will not fine or suspend Rudy Gobert for his actions leading up to testing positive for COVID-19, sources tell Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports.

Gobert was the first player to test positive for the virus on Wednesday and was followed by Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell's locker is next to Gobert.

Gobert reportedly ignored directives from the NBA not to touch other players. Gobert also playfully touched the microphones of media members at the conclusion of an interview this week.

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Suspension, NBA Fines

CJ McCollum, Alex Len Fined For Shoving Match

Mar 9, 2020 12:54 PM

CJ McCollum and Alex Len have each been fined for their roles in an on-court incident.

The incident, which resulted in technical fouls for both players, occurred with 8:50 remaining in the third quarter of the Kings’ 123-111 win over the Trail Blazers on March 7 at Moda Center.

McCollum has been fined $20,000 for shoving Len and attempting to escalate the altercation. Len has been fined $15,000 for shoving McCollum.

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Tags: Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Fines

Mark Cuban Fined $500k By NBA For Criticism Of Referees

Mar 6, 2020 3:54 PM

The NBA has issued a $500,000 fine to Mark Cuban for "public criticism and detrimental conduct regarding NBA officiating."

The NBA also denied the protest of the Dallas Mavericks' loss on Feb. 22, which ended with Cuban confronting referees on the court and then he criticized them on Twitter and while speaking to reporters.

The NBA said in a statement that Cuban's comments were "highly critical, personal and demeaning to the league and its officiating staff" and that he continued to publicly criticize the officiating over the following days.

"It is a recognized part of sports for fans and the media at times to criticize officiating, but team executives must be held to a higher standard," the NBA said. "A team owner's effort to influence refereeing decisions during and after a game creates the perception of an unfair competitive advantage and thereby undermines the integrity of the game.

"Demeaning league employees also creates an intimidating workplace environment. With an increased focus on respectful conduct by coaches, players and fans during games, the actions of team executives should set an example and not lower expectations for appropriate behavior in our arenas."

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Fines

Marcus Smart Fined $35k By NBA For Altercation With Referees

Mar 5, 2020 11:38 AM

Marcus Smart has been fined $35,000 by the NBA for his interaction with referees during a loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

Smart had to be restrained as he argued referees. 

The amount of the fine took prior incidents involving Smart into consideration. 

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Fines

Mario Hezonja Fined $25k For Making Inappropriate Contact With Referee

Mar 3, 2020 8:32 PM

Mario Hezonja has been fined $25,000 for making inappropriate contact with a game official.

The incident occurred with 29 seconds remaining in the third quarter of the Trail Blazers’ 130-107 win over the Orlando Magic on March 2 at Amway Center.

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Tags: Mario Hezonja, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Fines