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Jason Kidd fined $25,000 for criticizing officiating in an NBA game earlier this week

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Jason Kidd fined $25,000 for criticizing officiating in an NBA game earlier this week

Jason Kidd is fined $25,000 by the NBAIn a move never seen in MMA, Dallas Mavericks guard, Jason Kidd, was fined $25,000 for supposedly publicly slamming NBA officials earlier in the week. The fine was announced by Stu Jackson, the league's executive vice president of basketball operations. Kidd was fined for comments made to the media on Monday following the Mavericks 95-91 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Apparently, it's been reported that after the locker room had cleared out of all players except Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki, a reporter asked Kidd what he said to referees after Ian Mahinmi was called for a highly questionable sixth foul during the final minute of the game. Kidd said: "He didn't foul him! That was a bad call. Clean block."

The reporter then asked about the free throw disparity (33 for OKC to 10 for Dallas), and Kidd replied: "It's been like that all year. We don't get the benefit of the whistle."

Kidd was asked if it seem strange, given that the Mavericks are defending NBA champions? He relied: "Yeah, but I don't think we're looked upon as defending champions," he said. "That's a whole 'nother story."

"What do you mean?" asked the reporter. "Dirk, he should live at the line, if they would call it the way it's supposed to," Kidd said. "But he doesn't."

Amazingly, even though Kidd's comments occurred almost 30 minutes after the Mavericks' loss in Oklahoma City, and no one was around to hear them except one reporter and a teammate, it was enough to get him fined.

Really? Fined $25k for that? It just sounds like he's offering his point of view, based on questions that were asked of him - it's not like he spouted off and went media-blitz-crazy, slamming, as it's been reported, the refs.

Can you imagine the fines that would be levied in MMA, if the NBA was in charge? 


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