NBA fines Patterson $10K for tweet

Field Level Media via Reuters

Posted at Jan 01 2018 08:57 AM

Rondae Hollis of Brooklyn Nets and Patrick Patterson of Oklahoma City Thunder in action. Carlos Jasso, Reuters

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Patrick Patterson has been fined $10,000 for public criticism of officials, the NBA announced Sunday.

Patterson, 28, lashed out at the league's officiating on his Twitter account on Saturday, one day after the Thunder lost 97-95 against the Milwaukee Bucks. The loss dropped Oklahoma City's record to 20-16.

"They've been (expletive) this year," Patterson tweeted. "There needs to be some kind of consequence for their downright awfulness rather than pointless apologies from their bosses. #dobetter."

As of Sunday evening, Patterson's comment had earned more than 1,500 retweets and 4,100 likes. Among those to click "like" was Mark Cuban, owner of the rival Dallas Mavericks.

Patterson entered Sunday averaging 3.2 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. He is in his first season with Oklahoma City and also has played for Toronto, Sacramento and Houston.

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