Matt Barnes has been fined $50,000 for “directing inappropriate language at a fan,” the league announced on Friday via official release.
That “fan” happened to be James Harden’s mother.
Barnes reportedly told the woman “S— my d—, b—-” and later apologized after he found out who the woman was.
The reason for the fine being so steep is Barnes’ repeat-offender status.
The fines are minuscule when compared to the salary of even the most modestly-paid NBA players, so don’t expect Barnes to change his behavior as a result of them anytime soon.