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Lue fined over ‘cheating’ rant


‘Where are the refs at now? Cheating. That’s all they are doing.’

LOS Angeles Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue faces a $35,000 fine for blasting the referees following their 130-125 win over the Golden State Warriors. | IAN MAULE/agence france-presse

LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Los Angeles Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue has been fined $35,000 after accusing referees of “cheating” following his team’s win over the Golden State Warriors, the National Basketball Association said Friday.

League official Joe Dumars said in a statement Lue had been fined for “public criticism of the officiating” and “questioning the integrity” of game officials in Wednesday’s 130-125 victory over the Warriors in San Francisco.

Lue was ejected in the fourth quarter of a chaotic game at the Chase Center, with the Clippers roaring back from nine points down to claim victory.

Afterwards, footage posted across social media showed a fired-up Lue shouting in the corridor near the Clippers locker room.

“Where are the refs at now? Cheating. That’s all they are doing,” Lue was heard to say.

Lue also appeared to be hunting for James Williams, one of the three officials refereeing the game.

“Where’s James at? The referee. I want to kick him in the mouth,” Lue said.

The Clippers have been on a hot streak recently, winning seven of their last 10 games to move up to third spot in the Western Conference with 36 wins and 17 defeats.

The Clippers are two games back from leaders Minnesota heading into the NBA’s All-Star break.

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