Jaylen Brown should expect a "moderately sized fine" for his evisceration of the referee who ejected him from the Boston Celtics' 133-123 win over the New York Knicks on December 8 at the TD Garden according to Yahoo Sports' Jack Baer.
"Odds are Brown can expect a moderately sized fine from the NBA for those comments," Baer prefaced before saying, "Alas, we won't get the NBA's opinion on the original call though, as the play happened outside the purview of the Last 2 Minute Report."
After failing to advance in the NBA's inaugural In-Season Tournament following a quarterfinal loss to the Indiana Pacers behind an MVP effort from Tyrese Haliburton, the Celtics were able to bounce back in Boston against the Knicks in a big way. Brown was on the floor for all but seven minutes and 19 seconds of the rebound win.
Jaylen Brown eviscerated ref who threw him out of Boston Celtics' December 8 win over Knicks
Brown didn't hold back in the slightest when discussing the referee who gave him his first-ever career ejection, calling him overemotional and labeling the whole ordeal "bull****."
"I always thought my first career ejection would be something a little more exciting -- maybe a tussle or something, guys get folded up, go to the ground, not some overemotional ref who had a bad day," Brown exclaimed. "What I'm most upset about is I should've gotten my f---ing money's worth.
"I think it's a difference between showing emotion and it being disrespectful or derogatory towards another person. I don't think I was directing it towards him whatsoever, especially on the second one, it wasn't even close. I'm on the bench, I'm talking from the sideline. He can't even hear anything I'm saying. So he called the tech from across the court. That's for sure, [having] to do with somebody having their emotions too involved in whatever else is going on and they're assessing their power with technical fouls. I ain't gonna comment on officiating in general, but I am gonna comment on this guy in particular tonight. I thought that was bulls--t."
Brown can't let this linger, since the Celtics did handle business in every conceivable way and hold the best record in the Eastern Conference and second-best record overall as of this writing.