Clippers star Paul George fined $35K for criticizing officials

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After the Clippers lost to the 76ers on Tuesday, Paul George said, via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN:

“I thought we played well, we lost by seven,” George said after the game. “There was some home-court cooking tonight, to say the least.”

“I mean, it was 19 to 11,” George said when asked about the home-court edge. “You all figure out what those numbers are. It was 19 to 11.”

Of course, that was the number of fouls L.A. (19) and Philadelphia (11) committed.

Now, the NBA has given George another number to ponder – 35,000.

NBA release:

LA Clippers forward Paul George has been fined $35,000 for public criticism of the officiating, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

George made his comments to the media following the Clippers’ 110-103 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Feb. 11

The amount of George’s fine also reflects his multiple prior violations of the rule prohibiting public criticism of the officiating.

This is at least the eighth time George has been fined for criticizing officiating.

Remarkably, it’s not even the first time George has been fined for using the phrase home-cooking.