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Chris Paul fined for verbally abusing a referee

Posted on: February 11, 2011 3:26 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2011 4:28 pm
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New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul was fined by the NBA for verbally abusing a referee. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Chris Paul's tough night just got a little worse.

The NBA announced on Friday that Paul, the All-Star point guard for the New Orleans Hornets, has been fined $15,000 for his treatment of an official following Wednesday night's overtime loss to the New Jersey Nets. Here's text of the announcement via the Times-Picayune.
New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul has been fined $15,000 for verbal abuse of a game official, it was announced Friday by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
The incident occurred following the Hornets’ 103-101 overtime loss to the New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on February 9.
Paul, who played an eye-popping 51 minutes on Wednesday, had a potential game-winning three-pointer rim out at the buzzer in overtime, and the Hornets fell to the Nets, 103-101. Paul fell to the floor during the attempt in an attempt to draw a foul.

Here's video of the potential game-winner courtesy of YouTube user NBABigThree



After the game in which he shot 4-15 from the field, Paul made comments to the Times-Picayune that expressed frustration with his play.
“As a point guard and leader, there is no way I should have let us lose that game,’’ Paul said.  “I feel like this was my loss. I made some bad decisions down the stretch. I’m frustrated with my indecisions.’’
The fine, then, is just the cherry on top.
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