Apparently, the NBA now fines players for having a sense of humor. Shaquille O’Neal has reportedly been fined $35,000 for criticizing officials following Saturday’s Celtics-Magic game.
Shaq fouled out of the game and apparently wasn’t very happy with official Bob Delany. He sounded off following the game to Comcast SportsNet New England.
“I guess they came out to see number 26 (Delany’s referee number) today. He (No. 26) was a great player out there today … They (fans) paid all that money to watch No. 26 play. If I was a fan, I would be pissed. You pay all that money for good seats, you have two of the best guys in the (NBA) sitting on the bench, out of the game (referring to himself and Dwight Howard). That is what happens when you have control freaks out there.”
Zing! Wow, snap Shaq, tell us how you really feel. Nice delivery, expertly aimed and well executed. Excellent use of sarcasm and a great job to leave out the name of the target. Seriously, well done all around.
I guess the NBA’s league office didn’t feel the same way. But a $35,000 fine? That seems excessive. Sure, Shaq isn’t going to be replacing Chris Rock or Ricky Gervais any time soon, but it was a nice effort. Besides, the guy isn’t going to just give his “A” material away for free.
Honestly, the NBA should have let him slide just for the effort. Guess everyone really is a critic.
Don’t worry Shaq, we appreciated it.