Times are tough for Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks. After a surprisingly hot first half to the season, the Mavs have come crashing down to earth after the All-Star break and are now clinging on to the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoff race.
Dallas was playing without Dirk Nowitzki and Deron Williams against the Warriors on Friday night, and the under-handed Mavs actually gave Golden State a game before ultimately falling short in a 128-120 defeat. During that matchup, owner Mark Cuban, who was watching the game from home and did not travel to see it in Oakland, went on a bit of a Twitter rant against the officials in the game, particularly veteran referee Derrick Stafford.
Cuban is no stranger to criticizing officials. In fact, it’s kind of his thing.
His first fine for criticizing officials came back in November of 2000, and since then he has been hit with a fine by the league a whopping 12 different times for criticizing officials. Cuban’s outbursts on Twitter alone have caused him to be fined twice before, and this is practically guaranteed to be number three.
One Twitter user summed it up pretty nicely in the responses to Cuban’s critique of Stafford.
Still, no matter how much money the league takes out of his bank account, something tells me it won’t deter him one bit.