Doc Rivers Fined $15K for Verbally Abusing a Ref

The NBA gave Doc Rivers a $15,000 slap on the wrist Thursday.

The LA Clippers head coach had to be held back from referee Ken Mauer during a double-overtime road loss to the Brooklyn Nets earlier this week.

Rivers said he deserved the fine.

Per the LA Times:

“Obviously, I should have gotten fined, just from the actions afterwards,” Rivers said. “I had no problem with that at all. I’m good with it. I never read why they fined me. I’m completely in the dark. I just knew I got fined. They called me and said 15 [thousand] and before they said anything else, I said, ‘Hey, thank you, no problem.’


“I honestly don’t even know what they actually said. I’m good with it. I thought I needed to show something in that instance, probably not as much. But it’s over with and we’ve got get back to ball.”


“Doc’s passionate, man,” (DeAndre) Jordan said after the game at Brooklyn. “He cares about us. He cares about the game of basketball. It was just unfortunate. We try to tell ourselves to not get fourth-quarter techs — coaches, too. Everybody is competitive and emotions of the game kind of get to you. … I’m riding with Doc 150%.”