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NBA fines, suspends Sean Marks for entering refs’ locker room post-game

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Sean Marks provides a case of Modelo’s to Brooklyn Brigade.

The NBA has fined Sean Marks $25,000 and suspended him for one game, the league announced, noting the Nets GM had entered the referees’ locker room after the Nets loss to the 76ers Saturday night.

Here’s the league announcement...

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Marks was angered with the manner in which his team had been treated during the series.

On Sunday night, minority owner Joe Tsai tweeted his and the “entire ownership group” support for Marks.

Also, Sunday, the league announced a second set of fines, but no suspensions, for Jared Dudley and Jimmy Butler, the main protagonists in Game 4’s third quarter scrum.

The disparity drew sarcasm from Spencer Dinwiddie...

Then, there was the issue of the lack of a key call at game’s end. The league office admitted in the L2M report that indeed, the refs missed a foul on Allen with 12 seconds left.

(L2M also notes refs missed Dinwiddie carrying the ball with 1:45 left.)

The Nets former assistant GM, Bobby Marks, now with ESPN, said that Sean Marks decision to enter the refs’ private space may have been a no-no under league rules, but was understandable considering the circumstances.

Marks was also seen giving Jared Dudley a high five after he was ejected in the third quarter following the scrum between the two teams that saw Dudley and Philly’s Jimmy Butler tossed.

Fans reacted strongly to the news with the Brooklyn Brigade offering Marks an alternative venue to watch Game 5 Tuesday night. Marks has been a big supporter of the Brigade, providing them with cases of Modelo’s on more than one occasion.

Other fans suggested, in their own way, Marks was justified in going after the refs.

And of course, there’s a GoFundMe appeal...

Marks was recently extended by the Nets —and presumably given a big raise— for an undisclosed term, as have Kenny Atkinson and the team’s coaching and basketball operations staffs, a popular move among fans.

The suspension means the Nets GM will not be on hand at Wells Fargo Center for Game 5. The 76ers lead the series 3-1 and a Nets loss would send Philly on to Toronto or Orlando for the second round. A Nets win and the series would return to Brooklyn for Game 6.