Warriors coach Steve Kerr fined $25,000 for verbally abusing official
The NBA has announced that Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr will be fined $25,000 for verbally abusing an official.
This incident occurred in last night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Steve Kerr received two technical fouls and was ejected from the game. The Warriors went on to lose by a score of 129-107.
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) February 14, 2019
The loss doesn’t effect the standings much, as the first-placed Warriors still hold a two-game lead over the Denver Nuggets. And the amount Kerr is being fined will have about the same effect on his wallet.
All of the anger was over a flagrant foul call on Draymond Green. Kerr, who obviously disagreed with the call, threw down his clipboard and began his verbal abuse of the official Ken Mauer. At one point, Kevin Durant can be seen holding his coach back and walking him off the court.
There was an obvious foul there, but Kerr did not believe it was deserving of a flagrant. So, one of the most reserved coaches in the NBA unleashed his fury onto the official to make his point. It didn’t do much good.
Per Vinciane Ngomsi of Yahoo news, Kerr’s clear anger was purely out of surprise.
“I was just shocked that it was called a flagrant foul. I don’t remember how that’s determined. I don’t remember if that’s determined in New York or if it’s the officials on the floor, but that was head-scratching that that could be called a flagrant foul.” Kerr said.
Either way, that was the call. At a rate of $25,000, it is likely one of the most expensive disagreements the Warriors coach has ever had.