The NBA announced Sunday that Kings forward Travis Outlaw has been fined $15,000 for "making excessive and unnecessary contact" with J.J. Redick during Sacramento's 103-102 road loss to the L.A. Clippers on Saturday.
With a little more than eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and Sacramento leading 79-78, Outlaw chased a Clippers transition play from behind. Redick received a pass from Jamal Crawford in the paint and attempted to shoot a lay-up, only to have Outlaw hit him hard on the top of the right shoulder, pulling him down as he launched. The foul knocked Redick out of the air and spun him backwards, and he eventually landed hard on his back on the baseline.
Outlaw was assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 on the play, which applies to fouls that are "unnecessary and excessive" and mandates an automatic ejection. He departed with eight points (on 3-for-9 shooting) and five rebounds in 18 minutes.
The Sacramento Bee reported that this marked the first ejection of Outlaw's 10-year career.
“When I reached out I couldn’t stop him from falling,” Outlaw said. “I was trying to but he was too strong and he went on down. It happens I guess.”
Outlaw, however, did not expect to be ejected.
“I was surprised but he fell kind of hard,” Outlaw said. “Then the (Clippers) rushing over there. I think the situation made it more than what it was.”
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Outlaw, 29, is averaging 6.5 points and 3.8 rebounds this season. He will earn a total of $7 million this season after being released via the amnesty clause by the Nets in 2011.