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Trae Young tweets vulgar reaction to fine from NBA

Trae Young in warmups

Apr 19, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young warms up prior to game two of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs against the Miami Heat at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Trae Young is not exactly having the best month of December.

The Atlanta Hawks star Young was fined this week by the NBA over an incident at the end of Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bulls. Hawks teammate A.J. Griffin converted an impossible buzzer-beater with just 0.5 seconds on the clock in overtime to give Atlanta the dramatic 123-122 win.

Immediately after Griffin’s shot went through the net, Young took the ball and lobbed it into the crowd in celebration. For that, he was fined $25,000.

The All-Star Young responded to the fine with a vulgar tweet on Monday.

“Sorry to the hawks fan(s) who got a chance to touch the game winning ball,” wrote Young. “Didn’t know I couldn’t do that. Can’t Celebrate s–t anymore” (profanity edited by LBS).

Young’s fine does come across as a bit lame since it was a spur-of-the-moment reaction immediately after a massive game-winning shot by his team. But it is ultimately a necessary evil as the NBA tries to keep fans safe. During a different game over the weekend, another player was punished for punching the ball into the stands.

As for Young himself, it has been a pretty rough last couple of weeks. Earlier this month, Young had an incident with Hawks head coach Nate McMillan that he took a whole lot of heat for.

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