Masai Ujiri fined $25,000 for obscene comments about Nets on Saturday

USA TODAY Sports

After reports surfaced Monday afternoon that Raptors GM Masai Ujiri wouldn't be fined, but rather  warned for shouting "F___ Brooklyn"  during a Raptors rally outside the Air Canada Centre Saturday', the NBA decided to fine him ... $25,000..

Ujiri did apologize during a press conference at halftime of Saturday afternoon, then again on Monday. ""Wrong choice of words out there," he said. "It is really not about me. It is about the players and the playoffs," he said Saturday.

However, he was adamant about not liking Brooklyn. "You know how I feel," Ujiri said. "Thanks guys. I apologize for not taking any questions, but you know how I feel. I don't like 'em. I apologize."

Reports out of Toronto media on Monday had Adam Silver and Rod Thorn merely warning Ujiri, but a couple of hours later came the NBA announcement.  It's uncertain whether the league changed its mind or the Toronto writers were simply wrong.

Meanwhile, the Raptors took full blame for the shot clock screw-up after initially blaming ESPN.  Mike Ganter of the Toronto Sun reports Tuesday...

For some unknown reason, the backup clocks were on the same power relay as the primary clocks so they were useless as well, leaving the team to turn to its public address announcer to count down the shot clock for the players on the floor.

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