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Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic is going to have to pay up some real money after rubbing his fingers together at a referee.
Y’know, like the universal sign for money.
It happened with less than 2 seconds to play in the Dallas Mavericks’ 127-125 loss to the Golden State Warriors. The Slovenian superstar was frustrated about what he deemed to be a couple of missed calls and decided to let one of the refs know it.
It was quick, but the NBA sure wasn’t fond of one of its biggest stars implying that one of the officials had been paid off.
That put Doncic at 15 technical fouls on the season. One more and he gets himself an automatic one-game suspension.
As for the real money, that quick little Johnny Manziel impression cost Doncic $35,000 as the league deemed “directing an inappropriate and unprofessional gesture toward a game official.”
Well, at least that was the strangest thing to come out of Wednesday night’s game.
Wait… What’s this? I’m being told the Mavericks plan to protest the outcome.
Mavericks Protesting The Loss Over Possession Confusion
It all stems from a bit of confusion over whose ball it was with just 1:54 left in regulation.
“Then when they saw us line up as if it were our ball, he just gave the ball to the warriors,” Mavs owner Mark Cuban wrote on Twitter.
“Never said a word to us They got an easy basketball. Crazy that it would matter in a 2 point game. Worst officiating non call mistake possibly in the history of the NBA. All they had to do was tell us and they didn’t.”
According to ESPN, the Mavericks have five days from the conclusion of the game to scrounge together evidence to support their protest.
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