Mark Cuban says NBA fined him $25,000 for criticizing officiating in Nets-Clippers game


Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been fined numerous times for criticizing officiating in Dallas games.

But a Nets-Clippers game?

After referee Ken Mauer missed a travel and an even more obvious double-dribble by Bojan Bogdanovic in a November game, Cuban said of Mauer:

“Suspend him, demote him, make him ref a game in the D-League,” Cuban told Tim MacMahon of ESPN.

“I’m almost ready to get fined after watching that double-dribble yesterday,” said Cuban, who has been fined more than $1.5 million over the years for comments about officiating.

“That was a classic. If that was us, I probably would have protested it, even if we would have lost, because then every SportsCenter would have played it over and over and over again. That was ridiculous and hopefully they take action. … That call at the beginning of the game, right in front of him, that wasn’t an error in judgment.”

The NBA apparently noticed the comments.

Tim MacMahon of ESPN:

Considering the penalties he usually incurs given his repeat offenses, Cuban got off pretty light. Maybe that explains the referees’ union’s tantrum.