Pistons’ Blake Griffin fined $15K for verbally abusing referee

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Blake Griffin brought an edge to L.A. for his first game there against the Clippers. He shunned Clippers owner Steve Ballmer’s pre-game handshake then jawed with Patrick Beverley after the game.

But it was Griffin’s conduct in the Pistons’ next game that got him fined.

NBA release:

Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin has been fined $15,000 for verbal abuse of a game official, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred at the conclusion of the Pistons’ 100-94 loss to the Utah Jazz on Monday, Jan. 14

I can’t tell exactly what Griffin said, but given his body language and my limited lip-reading, it’s not shocking he got fined.