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Blake Griffin fined $15,000 for ‘verbal abuse of a game official’

Blake Griffin has been fined $15,000 for “verbal abuse of a game official,” Kiki VanDeWeghe, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations, announced Thursday.

The incident occurred following the Detroit Pistons’ 100-94 loss to the Utah Jazz on Monday at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Griffin approached a referee upon the game’s conclusion, and video appears to show him using profanity during the animated confrontation.

Monday’s incident was not Griffin’s first run-in with a game official this season, though the previous one was much more whimsical in tone.

The Pistons superstar approached official J.T. Orr during a loss to the Indiana Pacers in late December to discuss what he viewed as a missed call. Evidently getting nowhere, Griffin commandeered an iPad to plead his case.

Suffice to say, Griffin was not subjected to a fine for this interaction with an official.