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Kerr Fined For Profane Outburst

Published:Tuesday | February 7, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown, right, restrains Warriors head coach Steve Kerr (left) as he yells at official Bill Spooner who had ejected Kerr during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday,

OAKLAND, California (AP):

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is sorry he swore more than once at a referee. He knows how hard that job must be.

Kerr was fined US$25,000 by the NBA yesterday for his outburst directed at official Bill Spooner late in the third quarter of Golden State's three-point overtime loss at Sacramento on Saturday night.

"I knew I was going to get fined. I deserve it," Kerr said.

The reigning NBA Coach of the Year yelled profanities and was held back on the court by assistant coach Mike Brown during the 109-106 defeat. He became irate after a pair of loose ball fouls on Kevon Looney 18 seconds apart, pointing and gesturing in Spooner's direction.

Kerr said he had apologised to Spooner through NBA Executive Vice-president of Basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe and would do so in person the next time Spooner is assigned to work the Warriors.

"It was totally inappropriate and I deserve to be fined," Kerr said. "It didn't surprise me how I angry I was, but the word choice was very poor."

The league said Kerr was verbally abusive to officials and failed to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection with three minutes and 34 seconds left in the period.

To those who get into officiating, Kerr said: "God bless you. Those guys have miserable jobs. We yell at them, every coach yells at them every game. Part of being a good ref is you understand it's not personal. That's why I don't think this will be any issue. Bill's a really good ref. He's been in this league a long time. I'll apologise and I'm sure he'll be fine. Like I said, they're kind of used to the abuse. It's never personal."