NBA fines Clippers wing Paul George for criticizing referees

Posted Feb 13 2020 at 10:21 p.m.Updated Feb 13. 2020 at 10:30 p.m.

The NBA announced Thursday that it had fined Los Angeles winger Clippers Paul George $ 35,000 (about 32,300 euros) for publicly criticizing the referees after their team's loss two days earlier to the Philadelphia 76ers (110-103).

The amount of the fine takes into account the many precedents of criticism of the arbitration made by the player, said the NBA.

"I thought we played well," reacted Paul George after the loss. "The least we can say is that there was a house arbitration."

The Clippers' winger added that his team had been whistled for eight more personal fouls than the Sixers. "It was 19 against 11. You all understand what is behind these numbers," said the winger, author of 11 points and 12 rebounds at the meeting.

It is the second time in a few days that the NBA punishes challenges to the arbitration: last Friday, it had fined $ 25,000 to Steve Clifford, the trainer of Orlando Magics, for having "verbally assaulted" the referees after the defeat of his team the day before against New York.

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