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Draymond Green fined $25K for criticism of officials

Draymond Green

Draymond Green has been fined $25K by the NBA for his comments about the officiating in the league.

On Sunday, the Golden State Warriors forward said the relationship between players and officials had become toxic.

“It’s bad,” Green told The Athletic. “It’s horrible. It’s really bad. I don’t know why it is. But I think it’s ridiculous. It’s ruining the game. … It should be one of, if not the main priority, to be solved. It definitely should.”

Green advocated for the league to bring in a whole new crop of officials who he feels will be free of the personal biases he believes the current refs have.

“They can get a new crop (of referees), a whole new crop,” Green said. “Too many personal things going on. Too much me against you. It just don’t work that way.”

Green has 11 technical fouls this season. Five more and he’ll be suspended.

Green received two technical fouls in a game against Memphis on Dec. 30, leading to his ejection. You’d have a hard time figuring out exactly what he did that was so wrong. On Saturday, Green picked up his 11th tech during a win over the Clippers for complaining about a call he did not receive.

Even after the fine, don’t expect Green to change his complaining ways. That’s just who he is.


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