Raptors GM Masai Ujiri Receives Fine From NBA
UPDATE (10:00pm EST): NBA Communications has reported Masai Ujiri has received a fine of $25,000 for using obscene language.
Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri received a warning from the NBA for directing an expletive towards the Brooklyn Nets during a pregame rally according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
Citing sources close to the situation, the NBA decided against a fine or suspension for Ujiri, who has made it clear that he doesn't like the Brooklyn Nets organization.
As he walked off a podium prior to Game 1 of his team's first-round Eastern Conference playoff series Saturday against the Nets -- a 94-87 Brooklyn victory -- Ujiri shouted "F--- Brooklyn!"
A fan captured the moment and posted it on Instagram. At halftime, Ujuri addressed the media and offered an apology but did not answer questions.
"Wrong choice of words out there," he said. "It is really not about me. It is about the players and the playoffs.
"Just trying to get the crowd out there rattled -- wrong choice of words. I apologize to kids out there and to the Brooklyn guys. Nothing against them. Just trying to get our fans going. That's it."
"You know how I feel," he said with a chuckle. "Thanks guys. I apologize for not taking any questions, but you know how I feel. I don't like 'em. I apologize."
SI Wire:Joakim Noah named NBA Defensive Player of the Year Game two of the Eastern Conference playoff series between the Nets and Raptors is scheduled for Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre.