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Rockets Patrick Patterson fined for tweet ripping referees

Mar 19, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

Patrick Patterson AP

Note to NBA players: Putting something out twitter is pretty much the same as telling something to a reporter after the game. At least it is in the eyes of the NBA league office.

Most importantly, it is the same thing in the eyes of NBA VP Stu Jackson, the guy doles out the fines.

Houston’s Patrick Patterson was fined $25,000 Monday for the tweet you see below (via The Dream Shake, the actual tweet has been removed).


I’m not going to get into the validity of the complaints, it’s moot. Whether the player is right or wrong on the incident you cannot say anything about the officials or the league will fine you. They do not want the players or coaches to undermine the integrity of the officiating (insert your own joke here if you want, that’s the reasoning).

If you don’t think that extends to twitter, you can now ask Patterson.

  1. glink123 - Mar 19, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    I’d love to see Stu Jackson get into an altercation in a night club.

  2. bearsstillsuck - Mar 19, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    He got what was coming to him.

  3. danielcp0303 - Mar 19, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    He’s right. Joey Crawford was calling that game, surprised it didn’t say Clippers on the front of his zebra shirt.

  4. juanandonly24 - Mar 20, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    He’s right, though. Well not about the refs, but the Rockets really have no superstar HA.

  5. rodgersmvp - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    NBA Policy: “If we close our eyes and yell really loudly then the officiating was perfect!”

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