John Wall slapped with $15k fine for comments made against officials
He has already blasted officials multiple times throughout the course of the season and did that again following his team’s loss to the Utah Jazz on Friday. The 26-year-old Kentucky product cited the disparity of free throws the teams took and even went as far as saying to the Associated Press, via ESPN, that the referees made them lose the game.
“I haven’t been saying nothing to the refs lately because I know what situation I’ve been in, but the way they’ve been officiating today doesn’t make no sense. You shoot 31 free throws to 16. We’re an aggressive team that attacks the basket. That don’t make no sense. I had to get (my arm) bandaged up because I’m bleeding and the ref tells me that’s not a foul. It’s getting out of hand.
“We didn’t lose this game. The refs made us lose this game. We fought hard to give ourselves a chance. But you don’t shoot 31 free throws to 16 the way we attack the basket as a team. That’s how I feel about it.”
As expected, the NBA did not take things lightly and slapped Wall with a $15,000 fine for the public criticism he made.
He should also be worried about being assessed with another technical foul as he is currently tied with Russell Westbrook for second most this year with 15. Should he receive one more this season, it will be an automatic suspension for him, which the Wizards cannot afford since they are currently battling for a higher seed in the Eastern Conference.
With only six games left on their schedule, Wall and company are only trailing the Toronto Raptors by a single game for third place. They are hoping they can win as much games as they can before the playoffs start to put them in the best spot to make a deep run and possibly contend for the title.