Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is never one to shy away from sharing his thoughts and opinions about anything. His Twitter feed is evidence of that, as is his list of fines levied by the NBA.
Since buying a majority stake in the franchise back in 2000, he has accumulated over $3 million in fines from the NBA.
As a billionaire, he can certainly afford the high cost of being publicly critical of the NBA’s refs. So, then why was he quiet after that horrendous call that got Kristaps Porzingis ejected Monday night?
The dirty deed went down early in the third quarter of Monday night’s game between Cuban’s Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers. A minor altercation developed between Luka Doncic and Marcus Morris that Porzingis inserted himself into:
Porzingis didn’t need to get involved. But he didn’t do much, either. However, the refs thought it was enough to warrant a technical foul. Since it was the second tech of the day for Porzingis, the refs ejected him from the game.
The Clippers went on to win the game by eight, 118-110, to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
It is probably safe to assume that Cuban chose not to respond to the ejection because he didn’t want to pay a fine. Rich guys don’t become rich guys by throwing away money, after all. But while he was hesitant to comment, plenty of other people were not.
Twitter blew up with fans, media, and other athletes like LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki doing Mark Cuban’s job for him:
When asked about it after the game, Luka Doncic said he appreciated Porzingis and disagreed with the call:
So, why the silence on Cuban’s end?
Maybe it is because the NBA finally figured out how to get him to be quiet. Rather than just fine him $50,000, which he probably has just laying around the house, they’ve been hitting him hard.
Back in March, Cuban went on a Twitter tirade following a questionable loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The NBA hit him with a $500,000 fine.
Before that fine, his last one came back in February 2018 when he made comments the NBA didn’t like (he admitted the team was tanking) on a podcast with Julius Irving. That one cost him $600K.
So, is Mark Cuban getting soft in his old age? Not at all, just more fiscally responsible.