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Cuban fined $500K, Mavericks lose protest for Feb. 22 loss to Atlanta

Cuban fined $500K, Mavericks lose protest for Feb. 22 loss to Atlanta


Today, the NBA announced that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban would be fined $500,000 for his comments criticizing the league officials following the loss to Atlanta on Feb. 22. The league also denied the Mavericks formal protest to replay the final 8.4 seconds against the Hawks.

In the NBA’s statement, the league sited “A team owner’s effort to influence refereeing decisions during and after a game creates perception of an unfair competitive advantage and thereby undermines the integrity of the game. Demeaning league employees also creates an intimidating workplace environment.” 

In regard to the petition, the Mavericks filed a protest for their Feb. 22 matchup against the Atlanta Hawks. With 8.4 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Dorian Finney-Smith blocked a Trae Young layup, which the officials blew the whistle and called a goaltend. Following a review, the call was switched to a clean block by Finney-Smith but the officials counted the John Collins layup, which occurred after the whistle and should have been called off. The Mavericks ended up losing to the Hawks,

In classic Cuban fashion, the irate Mavericks owner took his frustration out on the officials via Twitter after the game and did not hold back at all.

This $500K fine is nothing short of foreign to Cuban, who is familiar with forking over a nice chump of change to the league throughout his tenure as Mavericks owner, as he now surpasses the $3 million mark worth of fines and certainly won’t be the last.

Managing Editor for Dallas Sports Fanatic | Lead Editor covering the Dallas Mavericks | UNT Alum | Twitter: @TheMulf

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