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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green fined $25,000 for public criticism of officials

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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green was fined $25,000 on Monday for criticizing the league’s officiating.

Green told The Athletic on Saturday that ongoing friction between the NBA’s officials and players is “ruining the game.”

He made the comments following the Warriors’ 121-105 win over the LA Clippers on Saturday, Jan. 6 at Staples Center. Green had picked up his 11th technical foul of the season in that game.

He told the Athletic that officials are making things personal and the problem is one of the No. 1 issues that needs to be solved by the league.

“It’s bad,” Green said. “It’s horrible. It’s really bad. I don’t know why it is. But I think it’s ridiculous. It’s ruining the game. … It should be one of, if not the main priority, to be solved. It definitely should.”

Green received the technical Saturday when he approached referee Tyler Ford to plead his case that Montrezl Harrell fouled him when the Clippers forward blocked his dunk attempt.

He proposed that the NBA should start fresh at the officiating position.

“They can get a new crop [of officials], a whole new crop,” Green said. “Too many personal things going on. Too much me against you. It just don’t work that way.”

The fine was announced Monday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the league’s Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations.



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