Fines come down for 3 Warriors players over comments about NBA officials

Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have all been fined after making public comments about NBA officials.

The NBA levied fines of $35,000 for Green, $25,00o for Curry and $15,000 for Durant after their comments in the aftermath of a contentious March 31 loss to the Timberwolves. Both Green and Curry were found to have “impugned the integrity of NBA officiating” and Durant’s fine was given for “public criticism of the officiating,” the NBA announced in a press release.

The conflict arose from a game officiated by 10-year veteran Marat Kogut. The Warriors took exception to Kogut’s officiating throughout the game, and after the Warriors ended up losing due to a controversial call on the game’s final possession, Curry called Kogut “the MVP of tonight.”

The Warriors were down 130-127 with four seconds left in overtime when Kevin Durant hit an apparent game-tying three-pointer and was fouled on the play, which would have sent him to the line for a go-ahead free throw attempt.

However, officials ruled that the contact was made before Durant’s upward shooting motion, so the shot was ruled no good and the Warriors were forced to inbound the ball and try again.

“[Kogut] is so good with the whistle that he knew they were going to foul me and he called it right before I shot the ball,” Durant sarcastically said of the play after the game. “So, he’s one of the greatest refs of all time.”

Surprisingly, though Green’s fine was the largest, he didn’t actually make his statements verbally. Instead, he posted a few cryptic tweets — although apparently the NBA didn’t think they were so cryptic, specifically noting in the press release that his $35,000 fine was for “making statements on social media.”

After the game, Green tweeted “TD” and “MK” in succession, without adding any other context.

The consensus quickly became Green was making a reference to corruption among NBA referees — without naming anyone explicitly. “MK,” fans speculated, was referring to Kogut, while “TD” referred to Tim Donaghy.

Donaghy, an NBA referee from 1994 until his resignation in 2007, was implicated in an FBI probe into allegations he bet on games. The FBI claimed Donaghy not only bet on those games, he made calls in order to affect contests on which he’d put money.

In 2007, Donaghy pleaded guilty to multiple charges.

SFGATE writer Eric Ting contributed to this report.

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