Golden State’s favorite child, Stephen Curry, was surprised when he was fined $50,000 after he threw his mouthpiece out of frustration towards a referee during a recent game against the Memphis Grizzlies which saw Curry and Kevin Durant both ejected from the game.
“It’s an expensive mouthpiece toss,” Curry told Chris Haynes of ESPN.com on Monday night. “At the end of the day, it’s not about the money, it’s about me not doing stupid stuff and losing my cool like that. It’s obviously a tough blow, but it’s more so about me recognizing how to handle myself on the court.”
The fine came as a result of a tantrum that Curry had on the court in which he also threw his mouthpiece in the direction of a referee. Curry was upset after the officials didn’t call a foul that may or may not have occurred while Curry was driving to the basket later in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game. Curry was then ejected from the game but later told reporters that he wasn’t throwing the mouthpiece at the ref.
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Curry understands that he needs to stop throwing his mouthpiece when he becomes frustrated with something during games. (Nick Wright had something to say about this.)
“It was embarrassing, and I know that,” Curry said, per Haynes. “I can’t do that. I know the league wants to crack down on that type of behavior and I understand why. I’ve got to be better than that.”
The sad thing is that this wasn’t Curry’s first mouthpiece chuck. During Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals, Curry hit a fan with his mouthpiece after hurling it in frustration after he fouled out of the game.
The league reportedly chose to fine Curry in this latest incident rather than suspend him after deciding it couldn’t prove any intent to throw the mouthpiece toward the official.