Joel Embiid fined $25K for criticizing referees (video)

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Joel Embiid: “The referees f—ing suck.”

NBA:

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has been fined $25,000 for public criticism of the officiating, which included the use of inappropriate language, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

In the frustration of the 76ers’ loss to the Celtics yesterday, Embiid chose to get fined. He wasn’t even asked about the officiating. He just added that comment as his press conference ended.

Maybe that statement was cathartic. Maybe it’ll make referees reconsider how they officiate him. Maybe it was just about shifting the conversation from a loss.

Whatever Embiid wanted to get out of it, he knew it’d come at this price.