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Mark Cuban is fined $100K by NBA for yelling at referees

Overnight Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has become a more controversial and well known personality than ever due to his being hit with another in a series of large fines by the NBA. The NBA has fined Cuban $100K for yelling at referees, reported Fox Sports on Jan. 18, 2014. On Saturday the NBA fined Cuban $100,000 for confronting referees and using inappropriate language while yelling at them.

Owner Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks looks on during an NBA game
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Cuban has confirmed the fine on his Twitter feed. Cuban was seen out in the court and yelling at the officials after the Mavericks blew a 17-point lead in the last 5 minutes of a 129-127 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. In his Twitter post he called this "speaking his mind". Over the years Cuban has been fined more than $1.5 million by the NBA, often for his verbal outbursts about the officiating.

NBA Commissioner David Stern said Cuban was fined $100,000 on Saturday for "confronting the game officials on the court after the conclusion of the game and directing inappropriate language to them," reports
USA Today. It appears Cuban wanted a parting gift from outgoing NBA Commissioner Stern, who is resigning as commissioner effective Feb. 1. This isn't Cuban's biggest fine, who was hit with a $500,000 fine in 2002. That's enough money to create some financial security for a lot of poor families in the USA who have nothing in savings.

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