In case you didn't watch the Golden State Warriors-Washington Wizards matchup Friday night or weren't on social media, you missed a doozy.
Towards the tail end of the second quarter, Warriors enforcer Draymond Green and Wizards guard Bradley Beal got into a skirmish. This led to the other players on the court rushing over to break up the fight. Both players ended up getting themselves ejected from the game.
On early Sunday afternoon, the NBA announced that it had fined Beal $50,000, while Green received a $25,000 fine.
$25K fine for Draymond Green, NBA says for "continuing" incident the other night. Beal gets double: $50K, same as Curry mouthguard toss.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 29, 2017
Though Green received a lesser penalty than Beal, that didn't stop Warriors head coach Steve Kerr from speaking his mind. Kerr did not understand why Green got fined, "...for getting attacked."
Steve Kerr on Draymond Green: "I don't know how you get fined $25K for getting attacked"— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 29, 2017
Shoot your shot, Steve!
It is not uncommon for head coaches to come to the aid of their players, so this is not necessarily a surprise. From looking at the film, Beal did seem to be the instigator of the fight.
We must not forget, of course, that Green has a history of getting involved in on-court confrontations with his opponents. After claiming that Beal struck him multiple times, this was Green's reply:
"I don't know what I'm supposed to do if someone hits you twice.... What was I supposed to do?"
Regardless, Kerr is not happy about the official decision, and he could go to the league for an explanation.
If he does, I hope someone has a tape recorder nearby.