NBA Fines Kevin Durant $15K for Criticizing Referee

Kevin Durant
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The NBA announced Thursday (Jan. 25) that it has chosen to fine Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant $15,000 for public criticism of a referee.

During the Warriors’ 123-112 victory against the New York Knicks on Tuesday (Jan. 23), KD accused official James Williams of targeting him in the second half of the game after they had a disagreement about a call earlier in the game.

The NBA star has since admitted that he the easiest to deal with that specific night, according to ESPN.

“I looked at the plays, a couple techs, and I was being an a**hhole last night. I was being a jerk,” Durant said during practice the next day.

“That one foul at the end wasn’t a foul,” he continued. “I shouldn’t have slammed the ball down like I did. I can go back and say that I was being a jerk last night, and I deserve whatever the league is going to throw at me.”

Following Durant’s comment, the National Basketball Referees Association tweeted Thursday that it had accepted Durant’s apology.

“I wish I could apologize to James because that was out of my character,” Durant said.