It was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations for the NBA, that Steve Kerr (Head Coach, Golden State Warriors) would be fined $25,000 for “verbally abusing and confronting a game official” during his team’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
A foul commited by Draymond Green against Portland’s Zach Collins was upgraded to a flagrant foul with 3:54 left in the game and Kerr lost it. The coach threw his clipboard to the floor and began to shout at Referee Ken Mauer. A technical foul was called immediately against Kerr. This tech only served as fuel to the fire as shown by the continued reaction by Steve Kerr. He yelled more as he vehemently disagreed with the call and threw his arms in the official’s direction. This escalated action caused the coach to be ejected from the game with his team down by just 7 points at 110-103. Kevin Durant appeared to have to hold his coach back as he walked from the court to the locker room. The Kerr-less Warriors would go on to lose 129-107.
Afterward, Kerr would go on to say that he was “just shocked that was called a flagrant foul” when asked about the Draymond Green-Zach Collins play. Perhaps he and Joel Embiid share the same feelings about the state of NBA officiating.
Steve Kerr on his ejection, spiking the clipboard and not exactly getting an explanation from Ken Mauer since he was yelling pic.twitter.com/6nMx8pEsJQ
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) February 14, 2019
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