The NBA announced today that Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce is now $15K poorerPierce was ejected on Monday night for taking George Hill down by the neck, and he’s been fined for “making excessive and unnecessary contact.” Per the AP:

“Pierce was ejected in the third quarter of Indiana’s 103-86 win Monday. George Hill stole a bad pass and was going in for a layup, and Pierce hustled back and appeared to be trying to wrap him up. But his arm ended up going around Hill’s neck for a clothesline tackle.

Referees ruled it a flagrant 2 after review, an automatic ejection.