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Mavericks owner Mark Cuban fined $100K for confronting officials on the court after loss to Clippers

Jan 18, 2014, 8:31 PM EDT

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been fined $100,000 for confronting officials on the court following Wednesday’s loss to the Clippers, the league announced via official release.

As seen in the video clip above, my guys at NBA TV’s The Starters break down perfectly exactly how ridiculous Cuban’s tirade was, considering the fact that his Mavericks have twice benefited from late-game blown calls this season that have resulted in Dallas victories.

Cuban said he wanted to get fined one more time under David Stern’s regime before the commissioner hands the reigns over to Adam Silver in February, and apparently, he has gotten his wish. This makes 20 times Cuban has been fined by Stern, totaling $2 million.

Cuban immediately responded via Twitter when news of the fine was released.

  1. Professor Fate - Jan 18, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    “But Im going to wait till iget 2mm followers.”

    A two millimeter follower is a very small fan. It’s a good thing multimillionaires like Cuban have secretaries, because their writing is atrocious. Can’t this guy have his minions find him a better tax write-off than funding Stern’s yacht/airplane/vacation home payments?

    • johndoe701 - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:14 AM

      MM is the abbreviation for Million. M is roman for one thousand, so MM is a thousand thousand, or a million.

      Feel free to get an education professor…

    • johndoe701 - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:30 AM

      MM is the abbreviation for Million. M is roman for one thousand, so MM is a thousand thousand, or a million.

      Feel free to get an education professor…

    • mytthor - Jan 19, 2014 at 2:56 AM

      Just so you know, “mm” is a common abbreviation for million in some businesses. “m” means thousand. Not sure why, but there it is.

      Pretty sure Stern’s made enough money that most of his stuff isn’t financed.

      • Professor Fate - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        Million has one “m.” Why be redundant? As long as I can remember 1,000=K (10,000 would be 10K, 100,000 is 100K, etc.) 1,000,000= 1M, 1,000,000,000= 1B.

        Even very rich people finance stuff for a variety of reasons, not least of which would be wanting to retain flexibility by not tying up large sums in direct purchases. I’m sure they can command very small interest rates.

        Sarcasm and/or humor don’t go far on this site. Too many overly-serious fans who can’t see the funny when it comes to hypocrisy like Cuban’s.

      • mytthor - Jan 28, 2014 at 1:54 AM

        You’ll find that funny humor goes further than unfunny humor.

  2. rickyspanish - Jan 18, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    I wonder if the owners knew what they were getting into when they approved Cuban as an owner. I personally love his brand of crazy, but I understand how he bugs people too. Love him or hate him, he’s an interesting cat.

  3. ocgunslinger - Jan 18, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Initially I thought Mark was a jerk who seemed like a publicity hound. After watching how he has run the Mavericks I wish he owned the Lakers now.

    • mytthor - Jan 19, 2014 at 2:56 AM

      Both can be true.

      • spursareold - Jan 19, 2014 at 10:22 AM

        Yeah, nothing says that if you’re good at business, you’re a good person.

      • jimeejohnson - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        Like the son of an orangutan, Donald Trump.

  4. monkeyhateclean - Jan 18, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    The NBA should immediately add the following language to their charter:

    ANYONE not a player, coach, recognized media member, or employee of the NBA who steps on the court without authorization will be immediately and indefinitely banned from any/all future NBA venues. I’m actually surprised this isn’t already there, how embarrassing for the NBA’s legal team.

    Cuban is the cancer that is killing the NBA, and after such a vulgar display of egotism, he should be permanently banned from American Airlines Center when the Mavericks are playing, and also banned from any other NBA venue when the Mavericks are playing.

    Owners have no place intimidating the referees, but this will be a lifetime ban, so even if Cuban sells the Mavs, he will be arrested for trespass should he ever attempt to attend any NBA game.

  5. coltzfan166 - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    That dude doesn’t look like he’s 55.

    • ranfan12 - Jan 19, 2014 at 3:49 AM

      Must be taking something to have that kind of energy. Or it’s the hair.

    • spursareold - Jan 19, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      Closeups aren’t very kind to Cubes these days. He’s aged about 20 years in the last 10.

  6. brenenostler - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    The picture says it all.

  7. jerdogthompson - Jan 19, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    I had guessed 50K originally. He basically yelled at the ref “you really f***ed that call” twice in case he didn’t hear it the first time. I’d be pissed too if my team was up 17 with 6 minutes to play only to lose. That was a sweet win for the Clippers.

  8. uscoach - Jan 19, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    I think he per-meditated this act, while privately identifying the possibility of publicity — as in a commercial. Not sure how much commercials run, but I bet 100k is reasonable for him.

  9. uscoach - Jan 19, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Googled it- looks like 500k will get you 30 seconds of commercial time during the NBA Finals. Cuban knows business, and is paying for easy pub.

  10. jadaruler - Jan 19, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Wish he would stop getting fined and use that money towards scouting. The draft record of this team outside of Dirk. Harris, Howard and Larkin has sucked.

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