Nets part-owner fined $35,000 after criticizing NBA refs on Twitter

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Brooklyn Nets part-owner Joseph Tsai sent out a costly tweet Sunday night. After criticizing NBA refs, Tsai was fined $35,000 by commissioner Adam Silver on Monday.

In a statement, the NBA said Tsai was fined for “public statements detrimental to the NBA.” On Sunday night, Tsai sent out a tweet defending Nets general manager Sean Marks for “protesting the wrong and missed calls.”

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Marks confronted officials in the referee’s locker room following the Nets’ 112-108 loss Saturday to the Philadelphia 76ers. Marks was fined $25,000 and suspended for one game for his actions. Marks was upset at how officials handled Joel Embiid’s flagrant fouls in Game 2 and Game 4.

The series between the Nets and 76ers has been feisty. On top of the flagrant fouls, both Jimmy Butler and Jared Dudley were ejected from Game 4 for their involvement in a scuffle. The series has also featured a back-and-forth between Dudley and Ben Simmons.

After their Game 4 win, the 76ers lead the Nets in the series 3-1. With another win, the 76ers will eliminate the Nets from the postseason. Given how much animosity has been built up during the series, the Nets won’t go down with a fight.

Nets owner Joseph Tsai was fined for criticizing the refs. (Image via AP)
Nets owner Joseph Tsai was fined for criticizing the refs. (Image via AP)


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