Jason Kidd Fined $50,000 for Spilling Drink on the Court to Delay Game

He may have managed to fool the refs, but with HD cameras everywhere, Jason Kidd was caught red-handed for purposefully spilling his drink on the floor for an additional timeout on Wednesday night. The NBA announced that the Brooklyn Nets head coach has been hit with a $50K fine for his antics. Per the AP: “Kidd bumped into Brooklyn reserve Tyshawn Taylor with 8.3 seconds left in the Nets’ 99-94 loss to the Lakers on Wednesday, causing his drink to spill. A video of the fumble showed Kidd appearing to tell Taylor to “hit me” as the guard walked toward the bench, and the resulting delay while the floor was being cleaned allowed the Nets, who were out of timeouts, to diagram a play. Kidd denied any intent after the game, joking that he had ‘sweaty palms’ and was ‘never good with the ball.’ … ‘In the heat of the battle you’re trying to get guys in and out of the game, and the (drink) fell out of my hand,’ Kidd added. The NBA didn’t believe it and punished Kidd for the second time in his first month as a coach. He was suspended the first two games of the regular season after pleading guilty in a drunken driving case. Kidd and the Nets are off to a 4-11 start.”