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Warriors coach Mark Jackson fined for public comments made in attempt to influence officiating

May 2, 2013, 7:31 PM EDT

Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson has been fined $25,000 for making public comments in an attempt to influence the officiating, the league announced on Thursday.

Jackson’s comments came during his press conference following his team’s Game 5 loss to the Nuggets, and the offending remarks can be seen in the video clip above.

Nuggets head coach Gorge Karl gave his rebuttal, and Jackson went back at him once more in the days leading up to Thursday night’s Game 6 in Oakland.

Coaches talking about the officiating in anything resembling a negative manner usually results in a fine, although the “attempt to influence” designation of the infraction is usually reserved for those who make subtle or not-so-subtle remarks like these over the course of a playoff series.

Phil Jackson, in his days with both the Bulls and the Lakers, was the master of using this strategy to his team’s advantage.

  1. 4thquartermagic - May 2, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    And if his team wins tonight, he’ll look like a genius.

    Just like Phil always did.

  2. yousuxxors - May 2, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    shows how sad NBA refs are that public comments can influence them

    • mytthor - May 2, 2013 at 11:59 PM

      Yes, because who is ever influenced by what other people think? SURELY not you…

  3. yousuxxors - May 3, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    their job is to be objective. a coaches comments to the media should not change the way a ref calls the game at all. but you know what a coach thinks of him matters right?

  4. robones - May 3, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    As an NBA coach, you have to be professional. This is what happens when you hire someone from the Hood and give them a high profile position. They will always say stupid things in public that costs them money. They just can’t help it.

    You can vent, but there are clever ways to vent publicly without costing you money.

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