NBA star learns punishment for on-court tantrum | The Gateway expert

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The NBA has fined Jamal Murray $100,000 for his antics during Monday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Murray – a talented guard for the Denver Nuggets – was fined for “throwing multiple objects in the direction of a game official during live play.” according to the NBA on Tuesday.

The items in question were a towel and a heat pack thrown onto the court late in the second quarter Denver was heading to a lopsided 106-80 home loss to the Timberwolves.

Officiating crew chief Marc Davis stated after the game that the officials would not have known anything had been thrown from the bench if they had known: “we could have judged it under the trigger of a hostile act. The penalty would have been a technical foul.”

The incidents quickly went viral:

After Murray threw the heat pack, he was seen throwing the towel in the direction of Davis, who landed on his heels. Fortunately for Murray, fellow Nuggets guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope picked up the heat pack and someone else swept the towel aside before Davis noticed.

Wolves coach Chris Finch said after the match: ‘We tried to convince the referees that there probably aren’t many fans in the building with a heat pack. So it probably had to come from the bench,” before further calling Murray’s actions “inexcusable and dangerous.”

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Although Murray left without commenting after the match, it’s hard to disagree with Finch as there’s no justification for throwing a tantrum no matter how bad you lose (which makes it even worse). These are professional athletes with the eyes of millions upon them, watching their behavior closely.

Outbursts like this only tell fans – especially young ones – that at the height of the sport, raucous outbursts at officials are fine.

A $100,000 fine is pocket change for Murray, whose salary… According to Sportnieuws – for the 2023-2024 season this amounts to $33.8 million.

Perhaps adding to the consternation was that many fans and pundits expected Murray to be suspended for at least one game for his actions. Murray wasn’t suspended and scored 24 points in the Nuggets’ big 117-90 win against the Timberwolves.

Moreover, there is a real concern that the young and impressionable fans who will never make it as professional athletes – the kids who will grow up and try to find real jobs – earn a living – will still get something out of this tantrum.

When they see that kind of behavior, they start to believe that this is what success looks like.

Don’t bother dealing with the people who make the rules. If you feel slighted, act, take the hit and move on.

Murray’s overall message here is to blame someone else for your shortcomings. After the loss to Denver, players should have looked inward with a sense of responsibility, instead of lashing out like a toddler.

Murray is certainly not alone. This mentality exists widely in our society culture.

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It should come as no surprise that people who think this way don’t get far in life.

Murray and the Nuggets will look to even their second-round series when they play the Timberwolves in Minnesota tonight.

This article originally appeared on The Western Journal.

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