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..
The NBA has decided to fine Masai Ujiri after all. Hit for $25,000 for his comments over the weekend.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) April 22, 2014
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.
- Masai Ujiri, Toronto Raptors general manager, fined $25K for using expletive - Marc Stein - ESPN
- Talking Trash Talk (Video) - Ethan Strauss & Amin ElHassan - ESPN
- Trash talk - Amin ElHassan - ESPN
- NBA fines foul-mouthed Ujiri $25,000 as a matter of curse - Fred Kerber & Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- NBA fines Raptors GM Masai Ujiri $25,000 for ‘F--- Brooklyn’ outburst - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
- Masai Ujiri fined $25,000 or 0.5 Jason Kidd soda spills for "F--- Brooklyn" - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
- NBA fines Raptors GM $25Gs for F-bomb - Mike Ganter - Toronto Sun
- ESPN off the hook for Raptors-Nets shot-clock fiasco - Mike Ganter - Toronto Sun
Raptors take blame for shot-clock fiasco - Gemma Karstens-Smith - Toronto Star