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Kings coach fined for blasting referee

EZRA SHAW/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE SACRAMENTO Kings coach Mike Brown gets slapped with a hefty fine for confronting a referee during 142-143 overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Sacramento Kings head coach Mike Brown was fined $50,000 by the National Basketball Association after confronting a game official during the Kings’ 142-143 overtime loss at Milwaukee and criticizing the officiating after the game.

The NBA said in a statement that Brown was fined “for aggressively pursuing a game official during live play,” the actions that got Brown tossed on Sunday when he vociferously protested a non-call when he thought De’Aaron Fox had been fouled.

Brown was still yelling as Kings guard Malik Monk wrapped his arms around him and shepherded him from the court, and after the game Brown used a laptop to show reporters at the post-game press conference the officiating inconsistencies that got him so steamed.

“I just want to show you guys why I got kicked out of the game,” Brown said before beginning his laptop presentation, showing different calls in the game and explaining it wasn’t just one call that angered him but what he saw as a lack of consistency in applying the rules.

“To me, as a coach, I’m okay as a coach because the referees are human and they’re going to make mistakes, but you just hope: A) There’s some sort of consistency; B) There’s some sort of communication between the refs. Tonight, the refs were great. They communicated with me all night, but in terms of the consistency, you guys saw it right here,” he said.

The Bucks won the game on Damian Lillard’s buzzer-beating three-pointer in overtime after the Kings had forced the extra session on Fox’s driving layup with a second left in regulation.

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