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Shaq fined $35,000 for ripping refs on Christmas

Dec 27, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

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As expected after he let it fly to the media after the Orlando game, Shaquille O’Neal has been fined $35,000 for criticizing the officials, the league has announced.

Shaq played just 12 minutes in the Christmas Day game and was in constant foul trouble. Which happens to guys trying to guard Dwight Howard, but Shaq thought both sides were pushing and only he was getting called on it.

So he called it like he saw it after the game.

“I guess they (fans) come out to see No. 26 play (referee Bob Delaney wears 26). He was a great player out there today,” O’Neal said. “They paid all that money to see No. 26 come play. My thing is, if you’re going to call it, call it the same way every time. Don’t pick and choose who you are going to call it against.”

  1. mexicanmamba - Dec 27, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    Shaq stop whining that’s a foul!

  2. diallo0024 - Dec 28, 2010 at 7:11 AM

    Professional sports may be going a little overboard in regards to allowing players to comment on the game. I understand that the players represent the league, but Shaq’s comments about the refs were not so derogatory that it brought shame to the entire NBA. He has a valid point in stating that the game needs to be called the same…both ways. Comments like that need to be made from time-to-time to keep the refs in check….and out of Vegas. (*oops….did I say that out-loud?)

  3. mornelithe - Dec 28, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    As far as I’m aware, Shaq’s been a pretty well-behaved, good-natured individual so far this year, and most likely in years past. So, when he makes a statement such as this, it’s something that I definitely pay attention to. I watch basketball for my home team (the celtics), but I’m not what you’d call an avid follower. And I have to say that some calls are just downright confusing. Replays make it even more confusing. I’m not saying one side is more right or wrong, but in Shaq’s case, he tends to never get the benefit of the doubt. It’s simply a matter of him being bigger than anyone and can sell a foul that never happened. It’s a disturbing trend, especially when plays from Shaq can revitalize the Celtics team at times.

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