Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle fined $25,000 for criticism of officiating

The NBA has fined Rick Carlisle $25,000 for his “public criticism of officiating” after the Mav’s 100-97 loss against the Warriors on Thursday.

After receiving the fine, Carlisle retracted his comments.

“I spoke to the NBA office and agreed that I should be fined for my comments following the Golden State game. In this league we all have challenging jobs, and the job of the officials is one of the toughest. Those postgame remarks about the officiating were not appropriate, and I accept the fine.”

The series of comments Carlisle made against the officials centered around a block by Andrew Bogut on Brandan Wright’s attempted layup, which would have tied the game. The NBA also admitted a blown charge call against O.J. Mayo during the Mavericks’ loss in Portland on Tuesday.

Carlisle cited poor officiating as a contribution to the team’s loss two games in a row, saying Dallas had been “unlucky” or “screwed.”

“We put ourselves in position,” Carlisle said. “I don’t know what you want to call it at the end. Unlucky? Whatever you want to call it. Screwed? It happened.”

“I’m disappointed and I’m very concerned,” Carlisle said Thursday. “Concerned about what’s happening at the end of games with the officials. I can only be honest.”

Last year, Carlisle and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban were fined $110,000 for similar reasons.

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