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Luke Walton receives $15,000 fine for verbally abusing referees

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On Monday night, Los Angeles Lakers‘ head coach Luke Walton was ejected with less than eight minutes gone in the first quarter during their game against the Sacramento Kings.

The 36-year-old coach was fired up after no call was made on Kings’ center DeMarcus Cousins when he appeared to tackle Julius Randle to the floor. Walton was enraged and stepped in to the court after his first technical foul and had a few choice words for the referees before getting tossed.


The first-year head coach was levied a steep fine by the league of $15,000 for verbally abusing the game officials. However, even after being reprimanded, Walton made it clear that he did that to stand up for his players and that he doesn’t regret his actions.

“It’s the same thing I said after the game; our guys aren’t getting … treated right, then I’m going to stand up for them. It’s what we do as a team. I was raised that team is a family. You stand up for your family, you stand up for your brothers. As a head coach that’s what I’m going to do every time for my guys.”

Walton hopes that his comments will serve as a wake up call to his team who are in a slump following their good start to the season and have lost eight straight games after another losing effort on Wednesday, this time against the Brooklyn Nets.

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