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Jason Kidd fined $25K for blasting refs

Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:52 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2012 2:04 pm
Jason Kidd was hit with a fine. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver  

Everyone seems to agree that Jason Kidd will one day make an excellent NBA coach. He got a jump on his future this week, when he blasted off on a group of officials for doing a poor job and for not paying his Dallas Mavericks the respect they deserve as defending 2011 NBA champions.

The NBA announced on Wednesday that Kidd has been fined $25,000 for comments he made following a Monday night loss to the Thunder in Oklahoma City. The Mavericks led late but wound up losing 95-91 and shot just 10 free throws while Oklahoma City attempted 33. Kidd was upset about that free throw disparity as well as a late, questionable foul call.

Here are the offending quotes via
"We don't get the benefit of the whistle," Kidd said. "I don't think we're looked upon as champions, but that's a whole other story. Dirk [Nowitzki] should live at the line if they would call it the way it's supposed to be. But, he doesn't."

"He didn't foul him. It was a bad call. Clean block," Kidd said. "I just said [to referee Pat Fraher] it wasn't a foul. He blocked the ball and after the play he said he bumped him with his body. I don't think so. It was a bad night for the officials. It happens."
According to, Kidd, 38, is on the books for $9.6 million this season.

Since: Jul 29, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:41 pm

Jason Kidd fined $25K for blasting refs

Has anyone noticed that the Mavs only complain about the officiating after playing OKC?  Just shut up and play ball. Take the ball to the hole, and you might get a foul call.  Dirk is a great player but has forgotten about going to the rim, in favor of his one leg jumper.
The Mavs are aging and OKC are passing them by...

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 4:55 pm

Jason Kidd fined $25K for blasting refs

And fining Jason Kidd $25,000 is going to do what?  That's pocket change for him.  IF the only things he said was what was in the article than I find the fine pretty stupid but I guess the NBA is "trying" to send a "notice" to the league to stop bashing officials...Eventhough they do suck!

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 4:22 pm

Jason Kidd fined $25K for blasting refs

I've been a Raider fan for 30+ years Kidd. Get in line.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:57 pm

Jason Kidd fined $25K for blasting refs

I wish that Thunder fan would get ran over by a car. I'm a T-Wolves fan by the way.
He's a Sooner's fan not a Thunder fan.  He's just on the bandwagon for the Thunder.  Just another example that Sooners fans suck at life and it shows.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:53 pm

Jason Kidd fined $25K for blasting refs

NBA fans across the league need to start an "Occupy" movement at games.  The more that bring Anti-David Stern posters the better.  Everyone knows David Stern = Vince McMahon.  It's time for the fans to take back what is supposed to be sporting events, not an fixed soap operesque entertainment industry.

Since: Sep 18, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:52 pm

Jason Kidd fined $25K for blasting refs


Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:22 pm

Jason Kidd fined $25K for blasting refs

Looks like the NBA made 100K off fines today. Pretty good revenues a day. Looks like a dictatorship. Not sure why union never steps in for garbage like this. 

And it never looked like he criticized them much. Its all about $$$$$$


Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:20 pm

Jason Kidd fined $25K for blasting refs

Gotta love the fascist regime that is the NBA.  Speak your mind against "Hitler" and his cronies, and they take your money.  It doesn't matter that the NBA has the worst and most inconsistent refs of the four major sports, and that they get paid big bucks to rule the court like the arrogant pompous little men that they are.  

Just once, I'd love to see some NBA player pop one of those refs in the jaw, pull out his credit card, and say, "You can charge that to my account!"  Now THAT would be worth the fine!  Course, make sure it's a little guy off the bench who never plays so that his suspension wouldn't matter.   

Since: Aug 16, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:11 pm

Jason Kidd fined $25K for blasting refs

The zero tolerance on the officials is sad and just showing that there is no freedom of speech in the NBA.  Let’s put a lockdown on anything that can be debated or criticized.  The free throw disparity was way too obvious and Kidd is one of the most respected players ever in the league.  He doesn't argue calls; in fact he is one of the last players that actually raises his hands when he commits the foul.  So this year the NBA has given a poor product (strike shortened season) and it continues to show with the officiating.  These guys are supposed to be professional and last night you get an official threatening an all-star (Dirk).  So really, are some of these officials really professional?  And really mother jokes…

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:49 pm

Jason Kidd fined $25K for blasting refs

Buffalo Bob I wish your mom would learn how to give better head, but beggars can't be choosers.

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