Chris Paul has been fined $25,000 for “public criticism of officiating,” the league announced on Saturday via official release.
Paul was critical of the referees following a game where his Clippers received multiple technical fouls during a third quarter meltdown in Cleveland on Thursday, which contributed to L.A. falling behind by as many as 32 points.
The comments also sparked a fair bit of controversy, considering that Paul singled out the female referee who called him for one of the technicals. He ended his rant by saying “This might not be for her,” which is what some pointed to as a sexist remark.
Paul addressed it briefly on Friday, answering three separate questions on the incident by repeating, “Last night was about a bad call. That’s all.”
This is the standard fine for players being publicly critical of referees — which means that the league was in agreement with Paul’s assertion.