After the Indiana Pacers lost a close game against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night, Paul George voiced his displeasure about the officiating. George didn’t say anything too critical but the NBA announced on Thursday that they are fining the Pacers forward $10,000 for his comments.
Citing missed jumpers as the main reason the Pacers lost, George didn’t solely blame the officials but the NBA has strict rules about criticizing officiating, so he was fined. Even if it was something as innocuous as this:
“We felt like it was a lot of bad calls,” George said. “Close games like that, let us play. You got a guy like Lowry who’s down on one end doing what he wants, then on the other end he gets touched and the whistle is getting blown. So we was frustrated. We was very frustrated.“
With the Pacers changing their style of play, George has put the team on his shoulders and is trying to lead Indiana back to the playoffs. As the team’s leader, George felt like the Pacers deserved better respect from the officials. Unfortunately for him, he is now $10,000 poorer because of it.
Via – CBS