Shaquille O’Neal Fined $35,000 for Ref Comments

Filed at 11:23 a.m. EST

NEW YORK has been fined $35,000 by the NBA for his public comments about the officiating.

O’Neal criticized the referees following the ‘ 86-78 loss at Orlando on Christmas. He was angry after picking up his sixth foul when Magic center fell to the ground as they were wrestling for position.

O’Neal said: “I just wonder why I’ve never gotten that call in 20 years. Don’t pick and choose when you’re going to make the call. … That’s what happens when you’ve got control freaks.”

The NBA announced the fine on Monday.

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