Thunder’s Patterson fined 10K for ripping refs

Patrick Patterson (54) of the Thunder was fined $10,000 on Sunday for publicly criticizing officiating via his Twitter account.

Patrick Patterson of the Oklahoma City Thunder was slapped with a $10,000 fine for public criticism of officiating, the NBA announced in a press release announced Sunday night by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.


Patterson’s comments stemmed from the Thunder’s controversial loss at Milwaukee on Friday night. In the game’s final seconds, Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo drove right baseline and scored what proved to be the winning basket.

Replays clearly showed Antetokounmpo stepped out of bounds with his right foot during his drive to the bucket. However, the play could not be reviewed as no whistle was blown on the play, so Milwaukee escaped with the victory, much to the dismay of the infuriated Thunder.

The NBA confirmed in its Last Two Minute Report that Antetokounmpo did indeed step out of bounds on the play and the game-deciding basket should not have counted.

Patterson took to his Twitter account to express dismay of the non-call. However, since is a family website, we will not directly show you his message.

Paraphrasing, it read:

“They’ve been (crap) this year. There needs to be some kind of consequence for their downright awfulness rather than pointless apologies from their bosses. .”

While not specifically mentioning “referees” or “officials,” it was clear to whom Patterson’s Tweet was intended. Hence, VanDeWeghe took action and fined him.

The 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward out of the University of Kentucky is averaging 3.2 points and 1.9 rebounds in 14.3 minutes in 36 games this season, his seventh in the NBA, for the Thunder (20-16), who hosted the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night.