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NBA publicly ignores Mark Cuban's latest ref criticism

1/8/2013

UPDATE: The NBA office did fine Mark Cuban $50,000, a league spokesman confirmed Tuesday evening. The NBA did not announce the fine, however.

It appears as if Mark Cuban’s most recent criticism of NBA referees wasn’t strong enough to merit a reaction from the

league office.

It was a busy Monday for Stu Jackson, the league’s official disciplinarian. Jackson suspended Boston’s Rajon Rondo one game for bumping a ref and failing to cooperate with a league investigation. Jackson fined Atlanta’s Danny Ferry $15,000 for inappropriate interaction with officials after a game.

The league has simply ignored Cuban’s rip at the refs, at least publicly.

“Im sorry NBA fans. Ive tried for 13 yrs to fix the officiating in this league and I have failed miserably. Any Suggestions ? I need help,” Cuban tweeted following Saturday night’s overtime loss to the New Orleans Hornets, soon after marching to midcourt to engage in an animated discussion with referee Bill Kennedy at the end of the game.

The two incidents that earned the NBA’s wrath happened Sunday night, so it stands to reason that Jackson has had plenty of time to review Cuban’s tweet from Saturday night and consider any potential punishment. A league spokesman did not respond to an email asking if that was the case.

Cuban has become much more calculated with his comments on officiating in recent years. He picks his spots carefully, well aware that he risks a fine any time he criticizes the refs.

The league office has also seemed more lenient with Cuban’s complaints in recent years, unless they’ve levied fines that haven’t been announced.

As far as the league is concerned, ignoring Cuban’s jabs could be considered more palatable than drawing more attention to them with disciplinary action.