Amar’e Stoudemire has been fined $15,000 for “verbally abusing an official and failing to leave the court in a timely manner upon his ejection,” the league announced on Saturday via official release.
The incident occurred late in the third quarter of the Mavericks’ loss to the Grizzlies on Friday, and Stoudemire believes the ejection came way too fast.
“It was too quick for two technical fouls,” Stoudemire said after playing only seven minutes in the Dallas Mavericks’ 112-101 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. “I have never even seen two techs that quick ever in my career.
“To be a 13-year vet, man, I figure I have a little bit more respect than just two quick technical fouls without saying a curse word or anything to the official. But it is what it is.”
Stoudemire didn’t say a single magic word?
“Not until after the second tech,” he said, laughing. “I had to get my money’s worth at that point.”
To be fair, this was a horrible call — it was a complete flop from Tony Allen, and Stoudemire had a right to be upset.