It appears the NBA is trying to teach Kenyon Martin to stop being a thug, fining the Denver Nugget’s star $35,000 for his game ejection against the Charlotte on Tuesday night. He already had two technicals in the game.
After receiving the technicals and being ejected by official Ken Mauer with 2:27 left in the first half, Martin slowly walked off the court with a big smile on his face. He mockingly clapped in an attempt to urge on the fans. And he stopped to adjust his uniform.
Martin received his technicals for arguing a foul call on teammate J.R. Smith and then clapping after Stephen Jackson had missed the first of two free throws. But the Nuggets were able to come to win 104-93.
“I didn’t see the second one,” Nuggets coach George Karl said after the game about Martin’s ejection. “I turned around. I was walking the other way. I never saw it. Kenyon said he didn’t use profanity, and I know that you can be thrown out for doing things. But I don’t know. … Sometimes the referees get dealt very difficult situations. It didn’t seem like this was one of them but maybe he felt it was.”
Maybe the NBA can pay the refs more to babysit Martin in the future and ensure his temper tantrums and immaturity and lack of professionalism and class, don’t hinder the game any further than it already has.
NBA Fines Kenyon Martin $35,000 (NBA Fanhouse)