NBA fines Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown $25,000 for outburst at official
by Brian Windhorst / Plain Dealer
Thursday February 12, 2009, 3:20 PM
Cavs coach Mike Brown reacts to a foul call on LeBron James in the final moments of Tuesday's loss to Indianapolis. Brown was fined $25,000 for his outburst at the official who made the call.CLEVELAND -- Cavs coach Mike Brown is set to get a stipend from the NBA for being the All-Star Game coach -- but he'll also be getting a hefty bill from the league.
NBA Executive Vice President Stu Jackson announced today that Brown was being fined $25,000 for his comments critical of official Joey Crawford following Tuesday night's 96-95 loss to the Indiana Pacers. Brown felt Crawford had made up his mind to call a foul on LeBron James with 0.1 seconds left in regulation and the score tied.
Enraged after the game, Brown said:
"LeBron was in between his man and the basket. He went up in the air when the ball was tipped. And for that official to predetermine his call was awful. It was awful. That's why we lost the game. I never blame the officials. But that call was a predetermined call and he should have swallowed his whistle on it. But he did not.
"I don't care if I get fined. It is what it is. I saw the two plays. It was a bad call. He determined the outcome of the game. If they want to fine me for telling the truth, they can fine me for telling the truth."
On Wednesday, Brown said he stood by his comments and expected a fine to be coming from the league office. It is the first time in Brown's career he's been fined more than the standard $1,000 for a technical foul.