NBA fines Monty Williams $25K for comments about concussion policy

By Matt Moore | NBA writer
Mad, and now lighter in the wallet. (Getty Images)

The NBA on Tuesday announced it has fined Hornets head coach Monty Williams $25,000 for his comments critical of the NBA's concussion policy.

When the NBA's concussion policy held Anthony Davis out following testing, despite his desire to play, Williams took the opportunity to question the policy, as we pointed out.

"When you're dealing with the brain, I guess what's happening in football has impacted everybody," Williams said before the game. "He got touched up a little bit last night. That happens a lot in basketball. It's just that now they treat everybody like they have white gloves and pink drawers and it's getting old. It's just the way the league is now."

That's just one little bit from the little tirade which Zach Harper has more on here.

One thing the NBA didn't do was to actually talk about the borderline sexist comments Williams made about "pink drawers" and the like. You can play the revulsion-toward-PC-attitudes card all you want, but the concept Williams starts to get pulled into there is that if you wear pink, and are therefore feminine, you're weak. That's not really the message the NBA wants to send.

As it is, the NBA fined Williams the way it does when a coach criticizes its policies that the league doesn't actually have to have approved by anyone, and Williams is out some dough.

This policy is preventative. The Hornets beat the Bulls anyway, but if they hadn't, it wouldn't have been worth the risk. Concussions are too dangerous for leagues not to take seriously.

Just ask the NFL.

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