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Jared Dudley rips NBA for ‘crazy’ fines after Lakers-Raptors altercation

Jared Dudley, Lakers, Raptors

Los Angeles Lakers veteran Jared Dudley isn’t happy with how the NBA handled the altercation between the Lakers and the Toronto Raptors earlier this week.

The 35-year-old called out the league for the rather steep penalties the office has handed to Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker and Montrezl Harrell. THT was slapped with a one-game suspension for leaving the bench while Harrell, who was in the thick of things, was fined $20,000.

“20k for a light push to get people off his (Lakers) teammate? Come on man,” Dudley tweeted. “I know NBA doesn’t want a real fight and I totally understand that but these pushing fines for their version of escalating is crazy.”

From the Raptors’ end, OG Anunoby was also fined $30,000 for the incident against the Lakers while Fred VanVleet and DeAndre’ Bembry will also be suspended for a game for likewise leaving the bench during the scuffle.

The incident happened in the first quarter of the game between the Lakers and the Raptors last Tuesday.

It all started with a fast-break play involving Dennis Schroeder who held down Anunoby in transition as the Raptors star was going up for a lay-up against the Lakers. Schroeder held on to Anunoby to seemingly soften his landing which OG didn’t appreciate. Anunoby went on to slam Schroeder to the floor and all hell broke lose.

To echo Dudley’s point, there’s certainly value in trying to avoid altercations to escalate which was, for many people, perfectly handled when Anunoby and Harrell were both ejected from the game after their respective contributions to the altercation in the Lakers-Raptors game. Fining them both $20-30,000 each does seem to be quite steep.