Larry Sanders has been fined $50,000 by the NBA for using a “derogatory and offensive term and publicly criticizing the officials”.
Sanders was ejected from games Wednesday and Friday, picking up four technical fouls in the process.
Sanders game a smiling “thumbs up” sign to each official after his ejection against the Wizards. He spoke easily and candidly about it after the game.
The ejection against the Heat two days later came with a bit more agitation. In a last ditch move, he humorlessly threw up the thumbs again. The Bucks lost both games.
In a comparable incident in 2011, the NBA fined Kobe Bryant of the Lakers $100,000 for directing a slur at a referee. David Stern called Bryant’s choice of words “offensive and inexcusable”.
Sanders was suspended for two games without pay last year for an incident against the Pacers. The suspension cost him over $45,000.
The normal fine for picking up his 11th technical foul of the season would have been $4,000. If he gets to 16 technical fouls, Sanders would be suspended for one game. For every two fouls beyond the 16th, he would be suspended an additional game.
Below is video of the foul and the initial portion of Sanders’ reaction.