Paul George was fined $25,000 by the NBA Wednesday for comments he made towards officials earlier in the week.
The Pacers All-Star was upset at the refs after they ejected him from the team's win against the 76ers. Philly's Gerald Henderson had just elbowed George in the face, which landed him an ejection as well (Henderson was also fined $25,000 by the league). George, who was caught giving a lighter elbow earlier, felt the physical interactions between the two were one-sided.
“I mean, y’all know how I feel about the officials, and tonight I really have no faith in ‘em. I’ve been warning ‘em all night what he’s going to do, stuff he’s doing, and they allowed this s—to go on. He was throwing jabs, throwing punches at my stomach all night, and I didn’t retaliate until late in the game when they weren’t doing s— about it. So he pulled me down, I get a double tech for doing nothing. And then throw an elbow at my neck, I get another tech for nothing. So I really don’t have no respect, nothing is there for the officiating. S—tyofficiating job."
As George made the comments, he joked that next year he'd have to set aside some money to pay these fines, because he's been through this before. With the latest incident, George has paid $110,000 in his career for comments made towards officials.
Here's a breakdown of his history, not including the latest incident:
- December, 2016: Fined $15,000 for saying, in part, "We’re not going to get fouls. For all I know, they see one side."
- December, 2015: Fined $35,000 for criticizing the officials with harsh language: "The stripes [were] terrible. We [had to] go out and just play. The way this game was going and how they [were] calling it, we had to play. It's frustrating, but hopefully the league does a better job of looking at s—like this."
- October, 2015: Fined $10,000 for saying,“We felt like there were a lot of bad calls. Close games like that, let us play. You’ve got a guy like [Kyle] Lowry who’s down on one end doing what he wants and then on the other end, he gets touched and the whistle’s getting blown. We (were) frustrated. We (were) very frustrated.”
- May, 2014: Fined $25,000 for saying the refs gave Miami preferential treatment at home: "Maybe this was just home cooking."
Considering George is already setting aside money for next year, we can probably expect him to continue to complain about officials.