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Mavericks’ owner Cuban fined $75k for criticizing referees

Feb 3, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

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Apparently today is national “fine everyone in the Mavericks organization day.”

But like with the coach, we pretty much all knew this was coming. Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban has been fined $75,000 for his criticism of official after the Mavericks loss to Oklahoma City Wednesday. League VP and enforcer Stu Jackson made the announcement Friday.

After the Mavs loss to the Thunder, Cuban said:

“Look, I haven’t said a whole lot about the officiating in a long, long time, but I haven’t seen it this bad in a long, long time,” Cuban told ESPNDallas.com in the Mavericks’ weight room after the loss. “Guys miss calls; that’s part of the game. You’re not always going to have a great crew. Officials have got to learn that’s part of the game.

“But these were officials that have been part of the league for years, and it was just off-the-charts bad. And, if no one ever says anything, nothing ever happens.”

He had to know he’d be pulling out his checkbook the second he opened his mouth.

And again, the reason the officials are a little off this season is they are tired because they are working without much rest either due to the ridiculous, compressed 66-game schedule the owners wanted so they could make their money back. It comes full circle, Mr. Cuban.

  1. stadix093 - Feb 3, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    So the lesson here kids, is if you get angry, go ahead and kick the ball into th stands and watch it bounce off the back of a woman’s head. Just make sure you don’t criticize a referee, because the punishment for that is more than two times as bad. What. A. Joke.

    • sledgehorn - Feb 3, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      I’m guessing the fine is higher for the owner then his coach because he has more money? Just a thought… They also hold owners to a higher standard then coaches I imagine too. I agree, it’s a joke but put it into perspective, one has A LOT more money then the other.

  2. southbeachtalent - Feb 3, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    These fines are rediculous, I’m sure Cuban will dig into his ash tray for this one. Stern is an a-hole.

  3. bearsstillsuck - Feb 3, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    I missed those kind of anti owner snubs that I was accustomed to during the lockout. Stupid owners doing whatever they want with the stuff they own.

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