As expected, Utah Jazz franchise cornerstones Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert have been fined by the NBA following the comments they made criticizing officials after their 131-123 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.
Mitchell has been fined $25,000 and Gobert $20,000. The extra money against Mitchell is because he “recklessly” knocked over a water cooler after being ejected from the game with 30.8 seconds to play.
“It’s tough to go out there and see how we fight and compete and to have a game like that taken from us,” Mitchell told media after the game. “I’m never, ever one to blame the refs, to blame officials. I could say that we could have done more, but this is getting out of hand ... and we’re nice, we don’t complain, we don’t get frustrated, we fight through things and the fact that we just continually get screwed by this — like we won this game, in my personal opinion.”
Gobert followed that up by saying, “I feel like a lot of guys are able to do the things that we’re not able to do, and our guys are not able to get some calls that everybody else in the (expletive) league gets,” he said. “We know that we are the Utah Jazz and we know maybe some people don’t want to see us go as far as I believe that we can go, but it’s disappointing.”
The fines come a day after Mitchell and Gobert were the last two players selected in the NBA All-Star draft on Thursday, at which time the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James said, “There’s no slander to the Utah Jazz. In video games growing up we never played with Utah, even as great as Karl Malone and John Stockton was we would have never picked those guys in video games, never.”